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  1. Create a basic search for a book in Cook OneSearch​
  2. Distinguish between books at TU and books at other libraries
  3. Read and understand call numbers to find a book on the shelf
  4. Use the Library of Congress classification system to search for books on a subject in person

Find a Book in Cook OneSearch

Where is this Book?

Here is a book available at Towson University as well as other area libraries. Books available at Towson are shown at the top of the list.

"The Christian Century Reader" available at Towson and other libraries.

Books available at Towson University will say "Towson University" somewhere in the Location column. If it doesn't say Towson University, like the first book in this example, it is not immediately available but can be requested from the owning library.OneSearch result showing books at Towson and then another library.

How to Read a Call Number

Call numbers are like addresses for books in the library. They are used to arrange the books on the library’s shelves so every book has a specific location.

Anatomy of a Call Number

Here's a breakdown of the call number: TK5105.887 .P63 2008

TK Read the beginning letters in alphabetical order.
5105.887 Read the first number (including decimal points) in numerical order.
.P63 The next piece is a combination of letters and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically and the number as a decimal.
2008 This is the year the book was published - helpful if there are multiple editions of the book.

Browsing for Books in the library

The books in Cook Library are organized using the Library of Congress Call Classification System. Cook's circulating collection begins on the 5th floor with call number range A-M and continues onto the 4th floor with books in the call number range N-Z and our juvenile books collection. Non-circulating reference books on all subjects are on the 3rd floor. Library floor plans and directory information can be found here

Library of Congress Classification At-a-glance:

5th Floor of Cook Library:

A - General Works (Encyclopedias, Directories, Indexes)

B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

C - Auxiliary Sciences of History (Archeology, Numismatics, Biography)

D - General & Eastern History

E - American History

F - Western History

G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation 

H - Social Sciences & Business

J - Political Science

K - Law

L - Education

M - Music

4th Floor of Cook Library:

N - Fine Arts

P - Languages & Literature (Graphic Novels in subclass PN6700)

Q - Science 

R - Medicine

S - Agriculture 

T - Technology (railroads, Construction, Electrical Engineering)

U - Military Science

V - Naval Science

Z - Library Science, Bookmaking, Typography