Answered By: Esther Balevi
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017     Views: 186

Each book in the catalogue has holdings information under the Get It heading that indicates location, call number (i.e. the book's "address" on the shelf), availability, and other details. 


Screenshot of the holdings information for a book at Newnham

You should be able to identify which campus the item is available at (Newnham, Seneca@York, Markham, or King) and what collection it belongs to (general, reserves, course textbooks, etc.). Depending on the collection, you might be able to find the book yourself on our open shelves, or you might have to ask our library staff to get it for you. 

Location Legend
General Collection This book can be found on our General Collection open shelves
Reference This book can be found on our Reference open shelves.
Course Textbooks and Course Reserves, or "Ask at Borrower Services Desk"
This book is stored behind the Library Service Desk. Please write down the title and call # of the book and bring it to the Library Service Desk so that library staff can retrieve it for you.
eBook from Seneca's Digital Library This eBook can be found online in our eBook databases.

To find a book on our open shelves, use its call number. Books are arranged by call number alphanumerically in ascending order.

Step 1: Look for the section indicated by the letters at the beginning of the call number. In this example, you would look for section BF. There are signs posted at the end of each shelving unit that indicate the range of call numbers that can be found on each shelf.

Step 2: Once you have narrowed it down by the letters, move on to the numbers. In this example, you would look for BF149. 

Step 3: Keep reading down the row of call numbers until you find the call number you are looking for. Read the decimal points the same way you would in math. In this example, you would look for BF149.P838.

Step 4: The last set of numbers is the publication date of the book. If two books have the same call number but different publication dates, they will be filed in chronological order (the older one will be on the left of the newer one). In this example, you would look for BF149.P838 2011.

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