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Library Resources for International Students: Getting Started

Welcome to the Clement C. Maxwell Library

Whether you are here for a semester, a year, or more, this guide is intended to help you find your way around the many resources at the University Library. Librarians and library staff are avaialble to answer your questions and to assist you in finding information.

Library Hours

Fall and Spring Semester Hours

7:45 am–11:45 pm
7:45 am–5:00 pm
8:30 am–4:00 pm
12:00 pm (Noon)–11:45 pm


Summer Hours and Special Events can be found on:

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How to Locate a Book in the Library

Use Webster, Maxwell Library's online catalog, to search for books, sound recordings, and videos. You can search by title, author, subject or keyword. When you find the record you need in the catalog you will need location, and the call number, both located at the bottom of the record,  in order to find the book on the shelf.


An Example of Bibliographic Record Display

Author/Creator: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
Title:  Gone with the wind
Publication Info:  New York, Macmillan, 1936.
Description:  1037 p. 22 cm.
Subject(s):  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Fiction.

Holdings Record Display

Location: General Collection 
Call Number:  PS3525.I972 G6
Number of Items:  3
Status:  Available

Location codes

Audio (room 124 - first floor)
Archives (room 302 - 3rd floor)
Children's books (ERC 2nd floor)
DVD Collection (ask at Circulation desk)
Educational Resource Center (2nd Floor)
General Collection (2nd & 3rd Floors)
Leisure Reading (1st floor)
New Books (1st floor)
Special Collections (room 302 - 3rd floor)

Understanding the Library of Congress System

Maxwell Library uses the Library of Congress to classify books. This system uses broad subject categories and subcategories to assign a call number to each book. To locate a book once you have found the call number in Webster look at the first letter of the call number. Books in the General Collection with call numbers that begin with the letters A-L will be found on the second floor. Those with call numbers that begin with the letters M-Z will be found on the third floor. For more information about subject categories see this outline from the Library of Congress. To learn more about how to read the call numbers see this page.  If you need assistance please contact a Reference Librarian.

Subject Guide

Pamela Hayes-Bohanan
Reference Department

Clement C. Maxwell Library

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