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Computer Science: Books & eBooks

Find general, introductory material by searching "computer science" as a subject heading in OBIS

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Find books, e-books, videos, scores, and recordings at Oberlin by title, author, subject, keyword, or other options. 


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.  

Call Number Browsing

Most books that relate to computer science are shelved in the Terrell Main Library, with call numbers beginning: 


You can browse them online by inputting QA76 as a Library of Congress number search in OBIS.

Reading Call Numbers

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.

The example in the Library of Congress column is for the book Computer Science: a Very Short Introduction.  Check it out!

Library of Congress  Dewey Decimal
QA   Alphabetically 
76    Whole number
510.78  Whole number, followed by decimals
D314 Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
.C698C  Alphabetically, then decimals 
2016  Publication Date, shelves chronologically e.g., 510.78 C698C shelves before 510.78 C7A  

See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.

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Finding eBooks

Tens of thousands of computer science-related ebooks are accessible through OBIS.  Click on the ebooks tab in OBIS to get started, or limit any search to location=Internet.

As of March 2021, a search on the subject heading "computer science" results in well over 10,300 titles when limited to the location "Internet."

InterLibrary Loan

Can't find what you need?  For books, try OhioLINK. For books not available through OhioLINK and for other types of materials, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  ILL lets you borrow materials from non-OhioLINK libraries, including print books, scanned journal articles, musical scores, videos, theses/dissertations, and more. 

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