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Finding Books


Beyond UWG Library

  • If you don't find what you need in the UWG Library catalog, search all University System of Georgia (USG) libraries through the USG Universal catalog (use the drop-down menu to the right of the Library Catalog search box). (If you live in GA, your UWG student ID will also allow you to check out books from any of the University System of Georgia institutions.)

Borrowing Books from Other USG Libraries

You can borrow books from other USG Libraries through GIL Express. This service is available through the Library catalog.

  • In the Library catalog, locate the book you need. Click the “Check holdings” link. This will open the item’s full record.
  • Under “Get It” click “Sign in.” Then select “West GA Students/Faculty/Staff” and enter your username and password.
  • Look under “Get It” for “Request Options.” To the right you will usually see a “Request” link. Click the Request link and choose Ingram Library as your pickup location.

Beyond USG Libraries

Call Numbers

Understanding Call Numbers

Each item in Ingram Library is assigned a call number, based on the item's subject, author, and publication date. If you find one book on your topic, look around on the shelf for related books.

Once you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, you'll see a field like this:

Location: Stacks (A-K call numbers shelved on 2nd floor; L-Z on 3rd)

Call Number: LB2395 .C65 1991

Number of Items: 1

Status: Not Checked Out

Write down the entire call number and go to the floor that has the starting letter.  In this case, L is on the third floor.

Reading call numbers

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