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Books: Books in the College Library

Accessing books in the Library

Books in the Library

Most of the Library's books:

There are also Special Collections containing Library books elsewhere in the building and on campus.

Circulating vs. Non-Circulating Books

The Reference Collection is located at the north end of the book shelves in the east wing. Books in that collection are non-circulating; that is, they cannot be checked out of the library, and must be used inside the building. Reference books are usually high-value titles packed with information such as dictionaries, atlases, statistical abstracts, specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, indexes and so forth.The Circulating Collection extends from the end of the Reference section throughout the east wing, and consists of books which may be checked out of the library for a period of time.

Where is Fiction?

Books commonly classified as "Fiction" in a public library are usually classified in the academic library as "Literature." Most literature is located in the P section of the College Library's circulating book collection. See How Books Are Organized and Finding Books with LoC for more information.

You can locate a work of fiction by its title or author using the CMC catalog.

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