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Finding and Using Books

Books are a great resource for general background and in-depth coverage of a topic. They can be very useful when you need a broad overview of a topic, or if your topic is historical.

Books and eBooks can be found in the UConn Library's collection using the Library's General Search, found under the Find tab on the Library's homepage or directly at

Books from any UConn Campus library can be pulled and held for pickup at the library circulation desk of your choice. See the Requesting Materials for UConn Campuses box on this page.

If you aren't able to find what you need within the UConn Library's collection, you can search and request books from WorldCat. WorldCat search results are from library catalogs around the world. To learn more about using WorldCat, see the Requesting Books Not Owned by UConn box on this page. Please note that licensing agreements do not allow libraries to loan ebooks; WorldCat can only be used for print materials.

Finding Books Using the Library's General Search

To find books, use the Library's General Search, found under the Find tab on the Library's homepage or directly at

The Advanced Search provides many more options for creating your search; we recommend starting with the Advanced Search to make searching easier.  Use the Advanced Search link next to the basic search box.


The Library's General Search searches across a broad spectrum of resources. To find only books and ebooks, select Material Type: Books in the Advanced Search

General Search Narrowed to Select only Books

Finding Books on a Topic / Keyword

Keyword searches look for your term(s) in the title, author, description, and subject fields. Using the Creating Keywords guide, enter your key words and phrases in the search. Remember to Refine and Revise your search based on your results. 

If you find books that might be useful, look at the subjects listed in the Details tab. Those subjects can be used to find more books on your topic.

Finding Books by Author or Title

If you are looking for a specific title or author, you can set your search to look for your term(s) in just those fields. Choose either Title or Author/creator to search title and/or author terms.

Author / Title search options in General Search

Reading a Record

Records provide information about materials and their locations, in print or online.

initial book results

 The Find on Shelf link displays the physical location of the item and its loan policy if you have signed in. The policy will depend on your status (student, faculty, etc.)
How do I find a book in the Babbidge Library using the call number?

find on shelf

The Details link provides more information on the item.

book details

The View It link provides access to online versions, if available. Clicking on "Online Access"  in the record will also open the View It link. 

view it link

Requesting Materials from UConn Campuses

The Request Service delivers items from UConn's collections to the campus library of your choice.

  • Search for your item using the Library General Search. 
  • Click on Sign in to Request to login to your library account using your NetID and password. (If you are already signed in, skip this step)

Sign in to request

  • Click on Request from UConn under Find on Shelf.

Request from UConn

  • Select your pickup location.
  • Click the Request button to submit. 
  • You will receive an email when your item is ready.

Requesting Books Not Owned by UConn

Search WorldCat to find and request items owned by other libraries.
Request items by clicking on Request Item.
Items can take anywhere from 2-14 business days to arrive.