Find Books

How to find books using the Diamond catalog.

Find Books on the Shelf

Locating Books in Temple Libraries

Remember, when you have found a book in Diamond that you wish to get, it is important to write down the 1) Item Location, 2) Call Number, and 3) Item Is (status), all found in a box at the middle of the book's record.  

 

1) ITEM LOCATION

This is the location of the item. It will tell you which Temple library has the book and, occasionally, which section of the library. For instance, both "Paley Stacks" and "Paley Reference" refer to locations in Paley Library, but "Paley Stacks" refers to the 2nd and 3rd floors, while "Paley Reference" is on the 3rd floor. Clicking on a hyperlinked library location will provide further information about the library or collection.

E-Books can be accessed by looking for the Link to Additional Content and clicking on the Find the Item Online link.  The link will lead you to a database with the item.  You will then need to "start reading" or "open the book" to get the content. 

 

2) CALL NUMBER

Books are arranged on the shelves by Call Number. Most Call Numbers used in the Temple University Libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) system, which alternates numbers and letters.


Items are shelved alpha-numerically. Call letters are placed in alphabetical order, with single letters preceding double letters:
 
Call Numbers in Shelf Order
D
849
.L425
    DA
30
.J3
    DB
805
.C721
    DC
62
.L5

 

Within a given alphabetical group, items are arranged in numerical order (whole numbers):
 

Call Numbers in Shelf Order
D
29
.J56
    D
271
.T25
    D
849
.L425
    D
1010
.S37

 

Items within the same group are further sub-divided alpha-numerically. Note how the numbers are read as decimals, arranged by value rather than length of number:
 

Call Numbers in Shelf Order
D
849
.L1
    D
849
.L425
    D
849
.L8
    D
849
.L82

 

3) ITEM IS

The status of the book will tell you if the book is:

In Library: available for checking out
Lib Use Only: available inside the library only
Due [Date]: currently checked out by a patron (consider an alternative way of getting the item)
Missing: lost, ask staff for assistance
New In Transit: ask staff for assistance


With this information in hand, you can go to the appropriate library and locate the book by Call Number.  Maps of Paley Library are available at the Reference Desk and on each floor to help you determine the area of the library for your Call Number(s).