How do I find a book on the shelf?

Most items in the library are shelved by Library of Congress (LC) call numbers. They look like this: HD2755.K575

  1. The initial letter(s) go in alphabetical order:
    H   HA   HB   HC   HD   J   JA   JC
  2. The first numbers (before the next letter) are treated as a whole number with decimal, not as individual numbers. They go in numerical order:
    HD277   HD506   HD2755   HD5065
  3. The letter following the decimal point goes in alphabetical order:
    HD2755.A57   HD2755.B46   HD2755.K575
  4. The final numbers following the final letter are treated as a decimal, not as a whole number (yes, this is weird):
    HD2755.K56   HD2755.K575    HD2755.K5754   HD2755.K63

If you have any trouble, ask for help at the Library Services Desk - we're happy to assist.

How do I borrow books/games/videos/emerging technology?

Books: Find the books on the shelf and bring them to the Library Services Desk on the main floor. Use your Campus Card to borrow up 100 books for 4 weeks at a time.

Board Games: Find the board game in the library catalogue and request the title or call number from the Library Services Desk. You can borrow up to 3 games for 2 weeks at a time.

Videos/Video Games: Find the case for the video or video game on the shelves beside the Reserves Desk on the main floor, and bring the case to the Reserves Desk. You can borrow up to 3 items. Videos can only be borrowed for 3 days unless they are on Reserve, and then the time varies. Video games can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time.

Emerging Technology: Browse our Emerging Technology Collection and ask for items by name at the Reserves Desk on the main floor. You can borrow items for 2 weeks at a time.

How do I get something if it isn’t available at Carleton?

You can request books and articles from other libraries through our interlibrary loan service, which uses a system called RACER. There is no cost to you. Learn all about how to use RACER.

You can also borrow books directly from the University of Ottawa Library.

My prof has put something on reserve - how do I find it?

  • The easiest way to access reserve material is through cuLearn
  • If it's not in cuLearn, login to Ares with your MyCarletonOne credentials, register with your Banner# and Carleton email address, and find your course. All items will be listed there.
  • For physical items (usually books), look up your course code or instructor name and bring the call number to the Reserves Desk on the main floor of the library

Content last updated: April 26, 2018