UA Library Search Guide

Research tools and resources explained

Library Item Types

We have more than just books on our shelves.

We also have CDs, DVDs, records, maps, puppets, games, math sets, robotics kits, and many other things for you to borrow. 

Getting a Book - Browse our Shelves or Place a Hold

You can visit any library location (with open stacks) to browse and pick books from the shelves OR you can put books on hold and pick them up from available locations, which includes other NEOS libraries.

Please note: Bruce Peel Special Collections and the Research & Collections Resource Facility have closed stacks that cannot be browsed.

Unsure how to place a hold? Take a quick look at the video tutorial below (Covers Books & Holds: 1:37-2:35): 

Book Information from the Library Catalogue

When you look up an item in our Library Search, the catalogue will tell you which library it is located in, its call number, the type of item it isand its status.

When looking up the example, Engineering: Introduction to Environmental Engineering, we can see that:

✅ its location: The University of Alberta's Cameron Library

✅ its call number: TD 145 M4232 2011

✅ its type: Book

✅ its status: On Shelf

U of A Library Item Statuses

An item's status tells you which floor in the library the item is found and whether or not it is checked out. 

See our Item Status by Library Location section below for more details. 

Breaking Down a Call Number

Once you've determined the library and the status of the item you are looking for, you'll then use the call number to find the exact location of that item. Example: TD 145 M4232 2011

The general subject of the book - filed alphabetically The more specific subject of the book - filed numerically Usually represents the author's surname - filed alphabetically and then numerically in decimal order When the book was published - filed chronologically
TD 145 M4232 2011

Unsure how to read a call number? Check out our poster below or ask a staff member at any of our service desks.

U of A Item Status Locations by Library

Confused about where a book is located? Ask us!

Augustana Library
Status Location
Course Materials Main Floor
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-Z) Lower Level
Music, Music CD, Music LP Record Lower Level
   
Bibliothèque Saint-Jean  
Status  Location
Course Materials Main Floor
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-Z) Main Floor
Curriculum Main Floor
   
Cameron Library
Status Location
Course Materials Main Floor
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-Z) 3rd Floor
Maps, Circumpolar 4th Floor
   
Rutherford Library
Status Location
Course Materials Main Floor (Rutherford Library North)
Curriculum 2nd Floor (Rutherford Library North)
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-E) 3rd Floor (Rutherford Library North)
On Shelf (Call Numbers F-PC) 4th Floor (Rutherford Library North)
On Shelf (Call Numbers PD-Z) 5th Floor (Rutherford Library North)
   
Sperber Library
Status Location
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-Z) Lower Level
Course Materials Level One
Indigenous Healing Level One
   
Weir Law Library
Status Location
Course Materials 2nd Floor*
On Shelf (Call Numbers KE & Gov Docs) 2nd Floor*
On Shelf (Call Numbers A-KD & KF-Z) 3rd Floor

*Please note: 2nd floor is the main floor of the Weir Law Library.


Other U of A Library Locations:

Bruce Peel Special Collections
Status Meaning
Request to View this Item Items can only be viewed by appointment. Cannot be borrowed.
   
Research & Collections Resource Facility  
Status Meaning
Place Hold to Access Items can only be borrowed by placing them on hold
Request to View this Item Items can only be viewed by appointment. Cannot be borrowed.