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ACCESS & AU International Students: Find Books

Library Floor Plan


Each book is assigned a unique call number. The call number tells you the location of a book in the Library the same way a street address tells you how to find a specific house. You will find the call number on the spine of the book. 



When you look up a book in the library catalog, you will see the call number for that book.  Every call number begins with a letter, such as PS. 245.C23.   

 To find a book, look at the library directory below or by the elevators.  Use the first letter of the book's call number to determine on which floor you will find the book.




 L                            Second Floor

Juvenile A-Z          Second Floor

AC-E                       Third Floor

F-K, M                     Fourth Floor

N-P                         Fifth Floor

Q-Z                         Sixth Floor

Oversize               Sixth Floor


Renew Library Materials

Click on this link to renew library books and other materials.

Library Catalogs

Ashland students may borrow books from this library or from a group of more than 100 academic libraries called OhioLINK.  You may borrow up to 25 books at one time.  You will probably want to start with the Ashland University Library Catalog


Ashland University Library Catalog

AU Library Catalog:  


 OhioLINK Catalog

If you can't find enough books in our library, you may borrow more from the OhioLINK Catalog. The OhioLINK Catalog includes books and other materials from the 90 academic librarias in the state of Ohio. 

There is no charge for borrowing books or other materials from OhioLINK.  Requests to borrow books from OhioLINK are made online using student ID. The books may be delivered to any OhioLINK library convenient for you.  This service is not used to request articles.  Please do not request books from OhioLINK if we have an available copy in our library.

It takes approximately 3-5 days for the books to arrive.

OhioLINK Catalog::


Searching Library Catalogs: Subject Search or Keyword Search?

Which is better, a subject search or a keyword search? They are both useful.  It is usually easier to start with a keyword search.  Once you find an an item, you can check the record to see which subject terms are used.  Subject words are linked in the record so all you ned to do is click to find similar items.

  Keyword Search

  •  Uses natural language. Type a simple keyword or phrase. Put parentheses around phrases. Don't use sentences.  You can use AND or OR to narrow your search or expand it.   With a keyword search you can search for


        a phrase  (dominican republic)

        either idea (dominican republic) OR haiti

        narrow your search by adding another concept haiti AND religion  

Subject Search 

Examples of books for your assignment

The Subject Heading for most books about careers is "vocational guidance."  So,  to find books about careers you can do a keyword search for the career AND the phrase  "vocational guidance."  

For example: nursing AND  (vocational guidance)

Other keywords to use might be occupation or career.  Or you can look for narrower ideas about a career such as training, education, ethics, stress, or compensation.