If you need to borrow a book (or other item) from the science library while the libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-775-8310. We may be able to arrange a way to get materials to you.
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Can't find a book at Oberlin? Find and request materials held at 120 OhioLINK libraries. Requested items are delivered to the circulation desk on the first floor of Mudd Center, typically within 3-5 business days. The OhioLINK catalog describes over 46 million items, including books, periodicals, maps, music scores and audiovisual materials.
There are two major call number systems used in the libraries: the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. The first line of a call number, as it appears on a physical item, is a broad subject classification. The subsequent lines are combinations of letters and numbers that organize items into narrower, related categories.
|Library of Congress||Dewey Decimal|
|QC Alphabetically (QC=physics)
6.4 Whole number, followed by decimal
|530.11 Whole number, followed by decimals
|C57 Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
|Ed23S Alphabetically, then decimals|
|2018 Publication Date, shelves chronologically||e.g., 530.11 Ed23S shelves before 530.2 Au7|
See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.
In addition to the print books in the science library, there are thousands of e-books accessible through in OBIS. Just click on the ebooks tab to limit your search to books accessible online, in electronic or digital format.