This video shows you how to search for books and other materials that Ingram Library owns.

Books in Ingram Library

There are three ways to get books through Ingram Library.

1. The Catalog lists all books, government documents, DVDs, CDs, and dissertations in Ingram Library.
Video: Find books on your topic.

2. The Universal Catalog lists all books in the 35 University System of Georgia libraries.
Check out these books by:

    1. Find the book you want and click "GIL Express Request" the top of the page. 
    2. Travel to the other schools to borrow the books in person.
    3. Books can be returned to any USG library.

Video: Request books from other university libraries.

3. Any book not available through the services above can be requested via ILLIAD.

Slow Internet: Request books and other items through Interlibrary Loan.

Call Numbers

Understanding Call Numbers

Call numbers appear on the spine of the books. Once you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, you'll see a field like this:

Location: Stacks (A-K call numbers shelved on 2nd floor; L-Z on 3rd)
Call Number: LB2395 .C65 1991
Number of Items: 1
Status: Not Checked Out
  • Location:Stacks (A-K call numbers shelved on 2nd floor; L-Z on 3rd)

  • Location:LB2395 .C65 1991

  • Location:1

  • Location:Not Checked Out

Write down the entire call number and go to the floor that has the starting letter.  In this case, L is on the third floor.

How do you read call numbers?

Call Numbers

Top line: "LB" - Read the first line in alphabetical order. A, B, BF, CD...L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML, etc.

2nd Line: "2395" - Read the second line as a whole number. 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430, etc.

3rd Line: ".C65" - The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers:
     Read the letter alphabetically,
     Read the number as a decimal: .C65 = .65,... .C724 = .724
     (Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line)

4th Line: "1991" - The last line is the publication date, read in chronological order: 1987, 1989, 1998, 2000, etc. 

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