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CHEM 216 - Water Chemistry: Books & Interlibrary Loan

Finding Books in Van Wagenen Library


choose Physical Materials from dropdown menu beside search box


Enter two or three keywords in the search box. You may need to try different combinations of words to find exactly what you're looking for. To limit your search to books, check the box next to "Books/eBooks" in the "Material Type" panel. 

choose Books/eBooks in Material type panel


Once you've found a book you're interested in, write down the "call number" provided. This is the address where that books lives on the shelves.

Call Number listed in a book record


Look for the signs on the ends of the rows to help you find the shelf that has your book.

Library shelf guide signscall number on book spine

Books about similar subjects are grouped together on the shelves, so take a look at the books beside the one you were initially interested. Chances are good you'll find other relevant sources nearby!

If you need help, ask a librarian or staff member at the main desk on the library's first floor.

Searching Other Libraries

It's very possible that you may need to loan books from other libraries to research your body of water. You can do that through a process called interlibrary loan (where we loan books for you from other libraries)!

Try looking in some of these places to find books you need for your assignment:

Need Help Finding an Item?

Stop by the Ask Us desk where a librarian will be happy to assist you with finding a book, locating an article, or any other information need you might have.

Library Locations

Electronic Book / ebook Available directly from catalog. Just click on the link that says "click here for full text."
Juvenile Stacks Items shelved upstairs in the Juvenile Collection. Contains juvenile books and juvenile audio-visual materials.
Kindle Kindle books are preloaded onto Kindle devices and available for loan at the circulation desk.
Newspapers Located in the popular reading area on the first floor.
Periodicals Journals and magazines. Be sure to check to see if they are located on the first floor or in storage. Current issues located in the popular reading area.
Popular Reading Popular books available for check out. Located on first floor.
Reference Collection of items that provide general information on a variety of subjects and do not circulate.
Reserve Items placed at the circulation desk by your professor for a specific course.
Special Collections/Vault Archives and rare materials. Do not circulate. Ask for assistance.
Upstairs Stacks Circulating books, videos and dvds located on the 2nd floor.