Browsing for Books on Your Topic

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries have aisles of books! Since our books are shelved by subject, it is best to:

  1. Search the Catalog to find a few books on your topic, then browse the shelves around that book to find more pertinent books.
  2. Enter keywords that describe your topic. Examples are: bilingual education, Burning Man, Gothic architecture, or cochlear implants.
  3. Determine a relevant title from your search results, and then look at the subject links under LC SUBJECT in the Library Catalog record. Select a subject link to find more relevant books.

Every book entry contains an LC SUBJECT area with relevant subject links. You can find more items like this book by clicking on these subject links.

Screenshot of part of a library catalog record. The record lists the following sections of the catalog record with their associated text: "Description," "Type," "Format," "Series," "Contents," "Note," and "LC Subject." The "LC Subject" section is indicated with a red arrow. The book's "LC Subject links have a red rectangle around them showing users where they are in the catalog record.

Find the item on the shelf by looking at the  Location, and Call #. The Location tells you in which library the book is located. The Call # is the exact location of the book in the library. 

Printed floor maps of the Knowledge Center are available at the Research Desk on the second floor. Large-size floor maps are posted throughout the building.

Getting Books from Other Libraries

If you are unable to find a book you need through the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, make a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). This service is available at no cost to students, staff, and faculty of the University. For more detailed information see Getting Books and Articles from Other Libraries.