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How to Use FIND IT!: Accessing Print Books and Other Physical Materials

About FIND IT!, D'Amour Library's resource discovery system.

 Accessing Books and Other Physical Materials

When you come across a book or other physical library item in FIND IT!, the result will look something like this:

Screenshot of a book record with a call number for a physical book

So now what do you do?

You'll need to gather a few pieces of information: the item statuslocation, and call number.

An item's status lets you know whether the item is available or not. For instance,

  • Check Shelves: the item should be available in its correct location, and it can be checked out.
  • Due (with a future date): the book is currently checked out. You may wish to place a hold on this item to get it once it is returned.

The location tells you generally where to go. For instance,

  • D'Amour Stacks: Floors 2 and 3
  • D'Amour Reference: Floor 1
  • D'Amour Bestsellers: Floor 1 by the Parents' Reading Room

The call number helps you pinpoint exactly where the item is.

For this item (RC451.4.S7 K336 2004), you would first find the section, then the RCs, then the RC451s, the RC451.4s, and so on. 

Call numbers are organized by subject, so if you were to get this book off the shelf it would likely be next to other books about college students' mental health specifically, and it would be pretty near other books on mental health topics. 

 Accessing Unavailable Items

If an item is unavailable because it is checked out or missing, you have a couple of options.

1. You can click the Retrieve Catalog Item link from FIND IT! 

Screenshot of an audiobook record with the "Retrieve Catalog Item" link pointed out under the book summary

  • Then click the Request button at the top of the page and fill in your library information. You'll be put on the hold list for the next time the item becomes available.

2. You may also fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form to ask that we borrow it for you from another library. Note, however, that it may take up to two weeks for the item to become available. 

 How to Get Help

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