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Want to know a bit more about the types of materials we have in the library and how to find them? You've come to the right place!

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Want to know a bit more about the types of materials we have in the library and how to find them? You've come to the right place! 

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Print Books

Circulating books (books available to be lent out) are located in the book stacks at the Notre Dame Campus Library, as well as the John and Bonnie Buhler Library at the Exchange District Campus. The location of the book is dependent on the RRC program or course they relate to (e.g. books on Culinary Arts will be housed at the Exchange District Campus, because the Culinary Arts program is held there. Nursing books will be at the Notre Dame Campus, because the Nursing program takes place at Notre Dame). The book stacks are arranged using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.

Circulating books can be checked out of the library for 3 weeks at a time, and can be renewed 5 times before being returned.

Reference

Both libraries have Reference sections available. These are books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and special materials. These books are shelved separate from the main book stacks but use the same organization system (LC). 
These books are for use within the library only and cannot be checked out. 


Periodicals

The library has print journals available. These are organized alphabetically by title, and then chronologically within the journal. 
The newest issue of a journal can only be used within the library, but back issues can be checked out for 1 week at a time. Journals can be renewed 1 time before being returned. 

Media

The media available in the library is our DVD collection, and is available at both the Notre Dame Campus library and the Exchange District Campus library. 
At the Exchange District Campus, the media is shelved within the book stacks and are organized according to their call numbers. The cases within the stacks will be empty and upon checking out materials, the library staff will get the disc for you.  
At the Notre Dame Campus, some materials are on the shelf (open stacks), while others are not (closed stacks). To check out closed stacks materials, ask a library staff member to find the item for you. The library catalogue will inform you of the item’s status. 

How to read Call Numbers

 
The book collections at RRC are sorted using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.
Reading a LC call number is done line by line, starting at the top.
  • First line: The entire collection is organized alphabetically according to this first line. The first line can have up to 3 letters and are read from left to right (e.g. the order in a collection would go: A, B, BL, C, CB, CE, etc.) 
  • Second line: After locating the right section using the first line, the second line is read in numerical order, and is read as a whole number (e.g. the order in a collection would go: 1, 2, 3, 25, 410, 1001, etc.)
  • Third line: Once you have found the correct first and second line, the third line is read as first a letter (arranged alphabetically), and then a number that goes in digit order (e.g. .A1, .B5, .G6, .G65, .G675, etc.)
  • Fourth line: The last line is the year the book was published. This is arranged chronologically, and the number is read as a whole (e.g. 1985, 1991, 2002, etc.)

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