Answered By: Research Center Desk
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2022     Views: 600

By default, the library catalog searches both electronic and physical holdings, including nearly 3.5 million books, bound journal volumes and microformat materials. This guide will help in those times when you need physical books.

Start by searching in the Compass search box on the library homepage. "Search All" is the default setting, but since you are looking for physical books, you should switch the drop-down menu to the "Catalog" setting before executing your search.

Compass search box on library homepage with "Catalog" search option chosen.

After executing your search, use the right-hand sidebar to refine your results to include only those items "Available in the Library." 

Compass search results with "Available in the Library" filter highlighted.

Note that this will show you physical items regardless of location in the University Libraries system. If you scroll down in the right-hand sidebar, you can limit your search further to only show you items at the Main Library, or to exclude items at Hampden, our off-site book storage facility.

Compass search results with Library locations filter highlighted.

Even if you haven't started your search by looking for physical catalog items, at any time you can limit books more specifically by location using the next factor down on the right-hand sidebar. 

Compass search results with Location filter highlighted.

From here you can choose to exclude any of the locations by hovering over a location and clicking on the red button that appears, or alternatively you could select a single location and your results will repopulate to show only those items housed at a particular location, such as the "Main Library: Main Stacks." This would only show books that are in the Anderson Academic Commons on the bottom floor. For further explanation of what each location means, see the Locations FAQ.

Contact the Research Center if you need more help using the library catalog!