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You can use the Library to borrow books, movies, albums, and lots of other items! This guide will show you how.

There are many kinds of things you can borrow from the Library!

  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Albums
  • Laptops

In addition to things you can borrow, we have many items you can use in the Library, including magazines, maps, and sheet music.

If you know what you want, check to see if the library has it using the main search box on the Library homepage.

Search Articles, Books, Media and More

The first two columns on the results page show articles--for more about that see the Find Articles tutorial. The third column on the right-hand side shows items including books, DVDs, and more.

If you don't see what you're looking for, click the link at the bottom, which says All book & media results, to see more. For more information, watch this video on making sense of search results.

If we don't have the item you need, you can request it from another library. The We'll Get It For You tutorial will show you how.

Keyword searches are a great way to browse our collection by subject. Enter your topic into the search box, and look at the results in the Books and Media column. When you find an item that looks relevant, click on the title link to see the full entry for that item.

You'll see a section on the page that says "Find other Books and Articles on:". Clicking these subject links will show you all of the other items in the same subject category.

Find other books and articles on:

Try a few different searches to see what works best for you!

Each item's record has a table showing the location, call number, and status. Status will tell you whether or not the item is available. If the item is checked out, the status will tell you when it is due to be returned.

The Location information will tell you where the book is in the Library. Most of our books are in the 3rd Floor Stacks.

The call number is like the address of the book on the shelf, and will tell you exactly where to find it. Copy the call number down or send it to yourself via text message.

Call numbers read from left to right, in alphabetical and then numeric order. Look on the side of each bookshelf to find the call number range where your item should be.

Call numbers are on the spine of each book. Just read down the row, alphabetically then numerically, until you find the right book. Remember that we are always happy to help you if you have any trouble. Call numbers can be tricky.

If an item is on reserve for a particular class, that means the professor has asked that checkouts be limited and that items are only available to use in the Library. You'll see items with a location of Reserves Info/Checkout Desk. When you see that, just copy down the call number and bring it to the Info/Checkout Desk. They'll get the item for you and check it out to you for the period of time designated by the professor.

Many of our items are in storage, and must be retrieved by our Automated Retrieval System (ARS).

Location: Automated Retrieval [Request]

Items in the ARS will display a red Click to Request button or a green Request link. Enter your last name on the next screen and click Submit. Your requested materials will be delivered to the Information/Check-out desk within 30 minutes, and you can pick them up there.

Watch a video of the ARS in action to see how your requested items are delivered!

Unless the record says Library Use Only, you can take it home with you.

You can usually borrow books for 28 days and DVDs for 7 days. Items on reserve can be borrowed for up to 2 hours, in order to keep them accessible to everyone who needs them.

For more information visit our page on Borrowing SSU Materials.

You can check out library materials with you Seawolf ID card or a picture ID and the last four digits of your social security numbers. Visit My Library Account and log in with your Seawolf ID to see when your items are due, the renew things you have checked out, and to check on your holds and Link+ requests.