So, you found a book, video, map, etc., in the catalog, now what? The catalog record will tell you...
Hale Library Stacks is most common, but you may also see:
You'll need this entire alphanumeric code. Fortunately, you can text it to yourself. By the way, the call number is a code for the subject of the book. If you are so inclined, check out this list of call numbers and what they mean.
You are hoping for Not Checked Out because that means it should be available for you. If it is checked out, it will say something like, Checked Out--Due on 8/8/15. It may also say Missing or Lost. You can always request these items through Interlibrary Loan.
To find a high-quality nonfiction text for children or young adults, you have a couple of options:
1) Keyword Searching in Libraries' collection
2) Using the Subject terms (once you've discovered them from keyword searching)
3) Browsing in the Curriculum Materials Center / Juvenile Literature Collection
Additionally, you may find it worth your time to search at the Manhattan Public Library as they have a more extensive children's literature collection than we do. You can go to their website and search their catalog. Even better - a library card there is FREE!
The catalog contains information about millions of books, ebooks, videos, cds, government documents, maps, dissertations, and other items. The following tips can help your searches:
You can search for multiple forms of a word using a question mark. For example, theor? will search for theory OR theories OR theorist OR theorists (or any other word starting with theor).
Use quotation marks to search for phrases, such as "communication styles" or "3D printing."
When you find an item of interest, examine the subject headings. Click a subject heading to see a list of other materials with that same heading.