Lost and found – when the book you want is missing

Statuses found (or not) in the library catalog

While the library strives to keep collections organized, there are quirks in the system that may make it hard to find what  you need. Here are some things to think about when the book you want doesn’t appear to be available, or isn’t where it should be.

Is the book checked in? If you look up a book in the library’s catalog and the status doesn’t say “Check Shelves,” then it isn’t currently available. Ask a librarian for help – there may be another copy available in the building, or we might be able to have the person who has the item checked out return it. In some cases, we can buy another copy of something or request it through Interlibrary Loan.

If the online catalog says that the book is checked in, and it’s not on the shelf, ask a librarian for help. The book could be in the processing area, waiting to be reshelved, or on display in a different part of the library. It’s possible that someone has taken the book off the shelf and left it somewhere else in the library, or that it has been mis-shelved. Librarians deal with these situations every day, and we’re happy to help you.

Remember that one of our main goals is to save the time of the reader.  Don’t spend your time looking for something that’s out of place – let us help you!

Free Books!

Going away over Spring Break? Members of the Academy community are encouraged to stop by the Library to pick up a free paperback for the trip! The Library will be removing approximately 400 books from the Paperback Collection on the 3rd Floor, to make room for a large number of new titles. The books we are removing represent a variety of fiction genres, as well as personal growth and some nonfiction. All books that are ready to be taken are being placed on a cart just inside the main doors of the Library. We will be adding books to the cart all week, but stop by soon for the best selection!

Mind/Body Collection finds a permanent home

About 150 items, originally housed throughout the Library, have been pulled together to create the Mind/Body collection over the past year. The collection has a lot to offer the campus, from DVD’s on beginner yoga and tai chi, to books on the need for sleep and healthy eating, to audio CD’s of soothing sounds and music. These items have been kept on a cart in the library’s Rockefeller Hall but are now shelved in the Map room on the main floor.