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Portion of the webpage dedicated to helping people find materials on the libraries main webpage.

Locating Books

Your search of the online catalog of Books, CDs, and DVDs in the Hiram College Catalog has led you to the following.  How do you find it on the shelf?


Author Koritansky, John C.
Title Alexis de Tocqueville and the new science of politics : an interpretation of Democracy in America / John C.Koritansky.
Imprint Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2010.

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You need 3 pieces of information to find an item here. 

  1. The location tells you which floor in the building. 
  2. The call number tells you where on the floor (in this case it is like a street address). 
  3. The status tells you if it should be on the shelf or not. 

The following table will help with the most frequent locations, while a second table gives you a list of what you might find as the status.  Please note that neither table is complete, but lists the most commonly found locations and statuses.

You will find the above book on the second floor and it should be on the shelf for you to check out. 

Can’t find it?  Please consult a reference librarian or a student assistant at the circulation desk.

Table of Locations


Location Call Number Arranged by Floor
Main Collection 0 through 799.99999999 Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Main Collection 800 through 999.999999 Dewey Call Number 3rd floor
Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically by Author 4th floor (Clock Tower)
Reference All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor (back corner by the Bissell Study Room - ask for help!)
CD Collection All call numbers Genre then composer or artist Lower Level (basement - Chamberlain Room)
Film Collection 0 through 999.9999999 Dewey Call Number Lower Level (basement - Chamberlain Room)
Film Collection Starts with Feature Film Alphabetically by Title Lower Level (basement - Chamberlain Room)
Juvenile All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor (turn right at the top of the stairs)
Juvenile Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically by Author 2nd floor (turn right at the top of the stairs)
Quarto (oversize) All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Folio (oversize) All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor (by the elevator)
Government Documents All call numbers SuDocs system 3rd floor


Table of Statuses


Status Meaning
Available Should be on Shelf
Due (followed by a date) Checked out and is due back on date given
Due (followed by a date) Off Campus Checked out to an OhioLINK borrower and due on the date given
New Book Shelf May be found on the New Book Shelf on the main floor and may be checked out.  This is more of a location than a status.
Missing Book cannot be found.  You may borrow a copy through OhioLINK, if a copy is available.
Lib Use Only Should be on the shelf. May not be checked out, but may be used in the library
Use Online An Internet resource that you may use online.  Check the full record for the link to the item

What if the book is checked out?
If a book is checked out, the Library Catalog will indicate when it will be returned. You then have two options. You can wait till the book gets returned to the shelf to check it out. Please be aware that the date that it lists as the return date is dependent upon the current borrower bringing it back. If that person forgets the return date could slide considerably. The other option would be to attempt to find the book through OhioLink/Search Ohio as this may result in a quicker delivery time than waiting for the return of the current book.

What if the book has a link instead of a call number?
The library has some items which which will not be on the shelves but instead available directly by clicking on them. Also Hiram College Library is a Federal Depository Library and may have resources from the Federal Government that are electronic. If you see “Electronic Resource” instead of a call number, click on the title to open the record and then click the link to view the item online.

What if the Library Catalog does not list the book I need?
If the Hiram College Library does not have the book you need, please check through the OhioLink Catalog and/or SearchOhio. Both of these sources can have the titles you need and can be requested simply and easily through the catalog itself. If all else fails you can request the title by using the Inter Library Loan Form. You may also request the book be purchased for the library by emailing the librarians at