If you need a book, start with the NMSU Library Catalog:
Reference | Zuhl 1st Floor | Q – QC | Branson 2nd Floor | |
A – J | Zuhl 2nd Floor | QD – SD | Branson 3rd Floor | |
K – PZ | Zuhl 3rd Floor | SF – Z | Branson 4th Floor |
Here are some additional resources for finding books:
How do Library of Congress call numbers work?
What is a call number?
A call number is the group of letters and numbers found on the spine or front cover of a book. This number helps you find the book among all of the others in the library’s collection of materials. It also helps to keep material on the same subject in the same place in the library.
The NMSU Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) system, which is different than the Dewey Decimal system. You may be familiar with Dewey call numbers, as public and school libraries typically use them to organize books.
Each book has a unique call number, like an address, which is used to locate the book. Call numbers appear on the spines on books (read top-to-bottom) and in the online catalog (read left-to-right).
How do I find the call number for a book?
To find out a book’s call number, you need to consult the online library catalog. The catalog will list the book’s call number at the bottom of the record (all of the information about the book), along with the book’s location (Branson Library or Zuhl Library).
What does the call number mean?
The letter(s) and numbers in a LC call number represent different things. To “read” a call number, read from left to right. As you move along the number toward the right, you go from the general subject area to the specific.
For example QA 76.76 .H94 M88 1997 (HTML: The Definitive Guide) is a book located in the Mathematics section of the Qs:
As you see, the subject gets more specific as you read the call number (or, as the number gets longer.)
How do I locate a book using a
call number?
Putting Call Numbers in Order