To find a book:
To find more books:
When you find a listing for a book that suits your needs, write down or take a photo of the book’s entire call number (the series of letters and numbers, like this: QL681 .S497 2014). Go to that area of the book stacks. The librarian at the reference desk is happy to help you.
What kinds of books are there?
The SUNY Adirondack Library has reference books, circulating books, and electronic books.
On the main floor of the library, you'll find:
Most college libraries use the Library of Congress call numbers to arrange books by subject. It uses letters and then numbers to represent the subjects of books. Just use the code to go alphabetically and then numerically to find a book on the shelves.
The other system used in American libraries is the Dewey Decimal system. It uses a simple number code to represent subjects. It is often used in smaller libraries, such as high school and public libraries. Both systems were created more than 100 years ago and serve a similar purpose to organize books by a subject code.
Here are SUNY Adirondack Library's printable two-page handout about the Library of Congress call numbers, and video about how the system works.
How do I find a book using call numbers?