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WR 13100 (13) — Writing and Rhetoric (Duffy)

Finding Books


Use the ND catalog tab to find books, electronic books, maps, magazines, videos, and other items in the Hesburgh Libraries. By default, the ND Catalog performs a keyword search for whatever term you enter in the search field. If you don't have a specific title or author in mind, the keyword search is a good starting place.  

The ND Catalog lets you search the holdings of the Hesburgh Libraries, Kresge Law, Saint Mary's, Bethel, and Holy Cross libraries’ catalogs separately or together. 


After you find a book that you want in the ND Catalog, the record shows you 3 important things for locating the item in the library

  • Location- which library the book is located in
  • Call Number- the Library of Congress call number
  • Availability.-- is the book available to check out



Once you know the call number of the book, you need to locate the book. Hesburgh Libraries have over 3 million items on 14 floors. The branch libraries hold additional resources. How can you find where you need to go? There are a few ways to find which floor your book is located on:

Refer to the Hesburgh Library Call Number Locations on the library's home page.

Check the floor plan. Floor plans ae located on each floor near the elevators.

Click on "Map" in the catalog record location details.

How to Read a Call Number

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it identifies where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of books, bound periodicals, microfilm, and other items.  The Hesburgh Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects, and may appear in two different formats as seen below.

Here is a sample of books in correct call number order.


To find books outside of Notre Dame, 

WorldCat is the combined online catalogs of tens of thousands of libraries around the world. You can request books in WorldCat that are not available through t by using our free interlibrary loan service.