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Library 101: Finding Your Way Around

A guide to help you make the most out of your library experience. Learn what types of resources we have, and how you can get and use them.


Books are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Use the Library Catalog to search for what you want, and copy down the Room and Call Number in the record to find it on the shelf.  See the How to Read a Call Number box to the right  to learn how to find a book on the shelf.

Books in the Circulating Collection check out for 5 weeks.  If nobody has put a hold on a book, you can also renew it up to 2 times, for a total of 15 weeks.  All books are due at the end of the semester, so you may not get a full 15 weeks, depending on when you first checked it out.


The Library subscribes to a collection of magazines and journals.  Current and recent back issues are located on the wall in room L303.  

Shelves with current magazines and journals, with an OverDrive banner above them

Older issues are located in room L301 in the shelves on the right side of the room.  Periodicals are shelved by title.

Shelves with older magazines and journals

Magazines and journals cannot be checked out or taken from the building.

We also subscribe to a huge collection of eMagazines, which is available on the OverDrive/Libby platform

How to Read a Call Number

The Northeast State Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. Each book is given a call number to place it on the shelves. The call number is basically an address for an item on a shelf in the library.

  • Use the links below for online tutorials created by other colleges that you can access online to help you understand the system.
  • If you need any help finding books on the shelves, please ask someone at the Circulation desk on the 2nd floor, or a librarian.


The Audio-Visual room, L202, houses all of our physical media.  You can find DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, and Instructional Videos in this are.  The Popular DVDs are shelved by title, while the Documentaries and Instructional Videos are shelved by LC call number (see the box above about reading a call number).  CDs are sorted loosely by genre, and labeled with numbers.  Audiobooks are by author, then title.

Shelves in the AV Room containing DVDs

DVDs and VHS check out for 5 days, while the other media check out for 5 weeks.  Instructional Videos can only be checked out by faculty or staff.  


The library also subscribes to streaming video services.  These films can be watched online.