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Library Research Methods: Find Books

Checking Out Books


The Hilton Library has Open Stacks which means you can browse the shelves to select books.

  • Bring books to the Library Help Desk to check them out

  • Your CIA ID card is your library card

  • You can check books out for 2 weeks and renew once for another 2 weeks

Learn more about finding books      

Search for Books in the Library's Print and eBook Collections

Search the Library Catalog

Search the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)


Search for Books in Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan Request Form for Books

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for all currently enrolled CIA students, faculty and staff.  Online ILL Book Request form

Finding a Book on the Library Shelves

In the Library Catalog, look for:

  • Location
  • Call Number - the "address" of the book on the shelf, e.g. TX 820 .C9676 2011
  • Circulation Status - On Shelf, DUE, etc.

There are three locations for books:

  • Circulating books you can borrow; located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the Library
  • Reserves books set aside by your instructors to be used in the Library; ask for them at the Library Help Desk
  • Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. to be used in the Library; located on the main floor (3rd floor)

This table indicates which call numbers are located on each floor.

Call Number Range    Bldg. Level
A - PS 3560 4th floor
PS 3561 - TX 556 3rd floor
TX 557 - Z 2nd floor

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