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A guide to searching and accessing physics materials through Ingram Library

Finding Books Through Ingram Library

University of West Georgia Library Catalog

All books, ebooks, movies, and other materials in Ingram Library are listed in our online catalog.  You can search the catalog using the Book tab on the library homepage, or by clinking the link above.

Search the book tab of the library homepage to find UWG books

University System of Georgia Library Books

University of West Georgia students can use their student ID to check out books from any University System of Georgia library, including UGA, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University.  They can request items from other USG libraries be sent to Ingram Library for pickup, or to their nearest USG library.  Choose University System of Georgia in the drop down box on the catalog results page to search all USG libraries.

Click University System of Georgia to search all USG schools

Books that are not available through the UWG or University System of Georgia catalog can be requested for free via Resource Sharing.

UWG students enrolled in an online class or a class at a remote instructional site (like Newnan, Douglasville, or other locations) may request that physical materials such as books and dvds be mailed to them. Instructions to request delivery can be found here: Resources for Distance Learners

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Accessing A Specific Book Through Ingram Library

Locating the Book

First check the location and availability in the catalog.

For online books at UWG, click the "Online Access" link.

If UWG Library...

  • does not provide access to the e-book and does not have a print version of the book, the Library may be able to get a print version through Resource Sharing.
  • has only the electronic version of book and you want the print version, you can also request the print through Resource Sharing.

Print books have a physical library location. To find the physical location of a print book locate the catalog record. Then look at the "Available at" section of the record. If the book is available, the location will be listed by 1) the general Library location and 2) the call number.

General library location

Most books are in the Ingram Library Stacks, but some are in other Library locations (e.g., Special Collections, Government Documents Ready Reference). The location description also states on the relevant floor of the Library.

Call numbers

A call number describes the specific location of a physical library item. It consists of a combination of letters and numbers (e.g., PR4034. P7 1991).

UWG Call Number Locations:

  • A-H: 2nd floor
  • J-M: Ground floor
  • N-Z: 3rd floor

Once you have the library location and the call number, use the call number to locate the book on the shelves. 

The book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen from the library catalog highlighting its call number PR4034. P7 1991.

Reading call numbers

A breakdown of how to read call numbers based on the call number for Pride and Prejudice which is PR4034. P7 1991. The first letter is P, which means this book is on the third floor. Read the first letters alphabetically; in this case, down to PR since R is the second letter. Next, the first series of numbers is read as a whole number. Find 4034 in the PR section. After the decimal point, the letters should be read alphabetically and any numbers should be read as decimals (NOT whole numbers). The last part of the call number is the publication year, and so books will be arranged chronologically. This is helpful when the library has multiple copies of a book that were published in different years.

Don't see a call number?
  • If the print book is currently unavailable, you may not see the call number in the record. You can first search in the catalog for another version of the book. If another version is unavailable, you may request it through Resource Sharing.
  • Remember that electronic books do not have a collection or call number; instead click on Online access link.

The book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen from the library catalog highlighting that in place of a call number, there is a link to access the text online.