Find Your Course Materials On Reserve
Sometimes professors will place a copy of your course textbook on Reserve. Find the call number for the book using CUNY+ and request the book at the circulation desk. Most reserve items can be checked out for 2 hours at a time.
Library of Congress Call numbers
The City University of New York (CUNY) Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize books and other material on the shelves. This classification system uses letters and/or numbers (call numbers) to arrange books by subject.
Call numbers supply an item's "physical address" or location on the shelf in a library.
How to Read LC CALL NUMBERS (simplified method)
PS ⇦ FIRST line - ALPHABETIC (H, HA, N, NA, NK, Z...)
2103 ⇦ SECOND line - WHOLE NUMBER (1, 2, 45, 88, 100.5...)
S37 ⇦ THIRD line - LETTER-NUMBER(s) Combination (C314=.314)
2010 ⇦ LAST line - YEAR of PUBLICATION (Chronological: 1987, 1994...)
Example: LC CALL NUMBERS in Order
1. N737 .A286 2008
2. NA1310 .J65 2007
3. NK12 .M425 2008
How CALL NUMBERS Look on the Shelves:
General Search Strategies
Starting point: search broad, and then pare down (It is easier to narrow search results than to increase)
Click: SUBJECT hyperlinks (Helps navigate throughout the catalog and databases)
Limit: Words when phrase searching (No more than three words; add " ")
Use: Boolean operators AND / OR / NOT (AND narrows and OR broadens)
LC Call Numbers: Uses letters and/or numers to arrange books by subject. (Find one good book, you will likely see similar related titles to the left and right of it.
Once you have entered keywords and have a list of results
TIP #1: once you have your results, sometimes it is helpful to set the SORT BY dropdown to Date (Newest First)
TIP #2: changing the format on the left hand side to ALL FORMATS will bring up available articles within the same subject area
Can't find what you're looking for at CCNY?
Use CLICS to request items from other CUNY libraries. (scores and recordings still need to be picked up from their home collections)
Use a METRO referral card to access items not available at NYPL or within CUNY