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The ORU Library Library Catalog


Use the library catalog to find a variety of library materials, including:

When you find an item in the catalog, record the location, call number and status so that you can find it on the shelves in the library.

Access your library account to renew books online, check due dates, update your profile, review the items you have checked out, "Opt In" to save your reading history and more.

Go to My Library, My Account in the library catalog. On the login page, enter your name and the barcode at the bottom of your student ID. (For assistance, contact Circulation Services at ext. 6391.)


Helpful Options

ORU Library CatalogRefine the Search Results
Limit your search results to a resource type, such as DVD, ebooks, reference, or other available option.

Sort
Organize your results in order of relevance, date or title.

Book Cart Button
Use to create a list of records. To view your list of records click "View Saved" at the top of the page. Click the Extended Display button at the top to get the call number, library location and status so that you can find the item in the library.

Subject Categories for a Format
To browse categories for formats types, such as reference materials, on the library catalog search window, select subject and type reference. Click submit. Drill down through the topics to explore individual item titles.

Preferred Searches
When your search results are displayed, click the "Save as preferred search" button to save the searches in your library account. (Just log in to your library account the next time you use the library catalog to see a list of your saved searches. More)

Reading History star
When logged in to your library account, you have an option to save a cumulative list of the items you checked out from the library. Click the "My Reading History" button then click "Opt In."

eBooks

The ORU Library subscribes to several ebook collections that provide access to more than 90,000 ebooks. eBook titles are in the ORU Library Catalog, along with links to the ebook full text. To find and access ebooks, search the library catalog or an ebook database.
 

Search the Library Catalog to Find an eBook After you find an ebook title in the library catalog, click the title to access the detailed record, and then click the View content of ...E-book link (shown below) to go to the ebook full text.

Library catalog ebook links

 

Search an eBook Database

ebrary and eBook Collection are the two main ebook databases. They contain unique titles, not merely digitized versions of print books in the library. Remember that you can search the library catalog and limit to ebooks or search an ebook database.

ebrary
88,000+ academic ebooks. ~129 Encyclopedias | ~259 Dictionaries
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To search the entire collection, type a simple search or click "Advanced" for multiple field and text box options.
To browse and/or search by specific subject area use the "All Subjects" link at the top of the ebrary page.
To narrow your title results list click a subject, or several subjects, at the top of the page.
To open the ebook, click the title or book jacket image.
To view the most relevant chapters from all the books, click the Chapter Results tab next to the Title Results tab.
To use the Text-to-speech function: After you have found a book, click the ebrary Reader button to open a book in ebrary's reader. Choose the "Speech" tab. Highlight text to be read or just click the "Read the selected text button" for the page to be read.
eBook Collection
Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary School Edition EBSCO (~1,300 ebooks)
Book Collection: Nonfiction - High School Edition EBSCO (~2,450 ebooks)
Book Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School Edition EBSCO (~3,100 ebooks)
Books@OVID
19 full-text ebooks related to nursing and the nursing profession. More

ebrary's Free "Open Access" Collections

Open Access eBooks

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  • Bibliomania: Includes 2000+ free texts, study guides and reference resources.
  • Bitpipe.com: "The enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions." Requires registration.
  • Britannica Academic Edition, see What's New
  • A Celebration of Women Writers: A collection of works by women writers gathered from over the centuries and from many countries.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Works from various Christian traditions.
  • Complete Works of Shakespeare: Drama and poetry.
  • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: Documents which contain "information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate."
  • Digital Book Index: "Provides links to more than 130,000 title records from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. About 90,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."
  • The Digital Christian Library: "A site dedicated to bringing public domain works onto the Internet for people to read and purchase."
  • Distributed Digital Library of Mathematical Monographs Collection: An electronic collection of over 2,000 public domain monographs in the field of mathematics.
  • Documenta Catholica Omnia: A massive database of historical church documents including Migne's Patrologia Latina & Patrologiae Graecae. The majority of the items are in Latin, many are in Greek, some are in English and Italian, and a few are in French.
  • Documenting the American South: A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century.
  • Duke Papyrus Archive: "The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."
  • Early Canadiana Online: "Early Canadiana Online is a digital library containing over 1,560,000 pages in more than 8,690 volumes."
  • Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts: Edited by Roger Pearse, "these English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38-volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.... The texts are listed in chronological order."
  • Early Modern Philosophy: English versions of key texts by such early modern philosophers as Bacon, Berkeley, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Malebranche, Mill, Reid, and Spinoza, "prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought." Created by Jonathan Bennett.
  • ebrary - Free "Open Access" Collections
  • The EServer: Also known as the English Server. An "online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works."
  • The Franciscan Archive: "A Web Resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism."
  • FreeTechBooks.com: "free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes , all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet."
  • Gallica: la bibliothèque numérique: The Bibliothèque nationale de France provides this library of French and francophone culture. It includes electronic texts, images, animations, maps, and sound files, and covers such subject areas as economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and science.
  • The Gnostic Society Library: "Includes over a thousand documents related to the Gnostic tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts." The collection is searchable here.
  • Google Books Search: Allows searching of digitized books. If a book is under copyright, a search result will provide basic bibliographic information about it, and "in many cases, a few snippets – a few sentences showing your search term in context. If the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to view and download the entire book. In all cases, you'll see links directing you to online bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it."
  • Great Books: An Index to Online Great Books in English Translation.
  • HebrewBooks.org : 15,000 Classical Hebrew Books for Free Download. Tutorial.
  • The Hebrew Text of the Tanach
  • The Holy Father: Access to papal encyclicals, homilies, letters, and other documents from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI provided by the Vatican website.
  • Humanities Text Initiative: Electronic resources provided by the University of Michigan.
  • Hypertexts @ the University of Virginia: American Studies.
  • Internet Archive: Cornell University Libraries Includes 70,000 public domain works.
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6658219.html
  • Internet Archive: Open-Access Text Archive: "The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,' with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format."
  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook : "A ' classroom usable' sourcebook of copy-permitted material for ancient history and civilization courses."
  • Internet Classics Archive: "Bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994."
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook: "A sourcebook of copy-permitted material for Modern European history and Modern Civilization courses." Includes North American and Latin American documents.
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook: "An online source book of copy-permitted, although not necessarily copyright-free, source material for Medieval Studies. It is the largest online resource of medieval and Byzantine textual sources. "
  • The Internet Public Library Books Collection: A list of online books browsable by title.
  • ipl2: Online Texts: 500+ Internet ebook sources (Internet Public Library/ Librarians' Internet Index) http://www.ipl.org
  • The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies.
  • Literary Resources on the Net: "A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature."
  • Making of America Books: Primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
  • Making of America: ~10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles. A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Includes education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science and technology and more.
  • NASA Technical Reports: "Allows users to search the many different abstract and technical report servers maintained by various NASA centers and programs."
  • National Academies Press: "The National Academies Press is now offering many of its titles in digital PDF format. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free by the chapter or by the entire book, while others are available for purchase."
  • New Advent: Includes Catholic texts including the Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, the Fathers of the Church, the Bible, and other documents.
  • The Online Books Page: More than 35,000 English works in various formats.
  • Online Literature Library: Classics.
  • OpenLibrary (funded by the non profit organization, Internet Archive) Over 1 million accessible books. Free downloadable ebooks. Use a keyword to browse books by books by subject more
  • The Oxford Text Archives: Distributes 2,500+ resources in over 25 different languages.
  • Perseus Digital Library: Sources for the study of the humanities.
  • Perseus Digital Library: Collections include: Greek and Roman Materials, 19th-Century American, Renaissance Materials, Arabic Materials, and Germanic Materials. more
  • Project Gutenberg: Full text of thousands of public domain e-texts. more
  • Project Wittenberg: A collection of e-texts by Luther and other Lutherans.
  • Religion-online.org: Over 200 electronic books by recognized religious scholars.
  • Restoration Movement Texts: "Historical texts... dealing with the Restoration Movement. This nineteenth-century unity and restitution effort by Barton W. Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell spawned several distinct religious groups: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches, and the Disciples of Christ."
  • Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image: "SCETI, a fully integrated digital library, was created in 1996 to publish virtual facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library's collections."
  • Shakespeare in Quarto: View and compare the British Library's ninety-three copies of the twenty-one Shakespeare plays. ."
  • Thomas A. Edison Papers: "Over five million pages of documents . . . chronicle one of the most creative technical innovators in the history of the world—Thomas Alva Edison."
  • Thomas Aquinas' Works in English: Read English translations of many, if not most, of St. Thomas's theological and philosophical works including both of his Summas and his commentary on Lombard's Sentences as well as his Quaestiones Disputatae, his Opuscula, and his commentaries on Aristotle and on the Bible. Available from Joseph Kenny, O.P., of the Dominican Institute associated with the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
  • Tyndale Seminary's Virtual Reading Rooms: Organized links to texts related to biblical studies, missional church, spiritual formation, theology, Christian ethics, and history of Christianity. See, e.g., the Karl Barth Reading Room.
  • The Unbound Bible: A collection of downloadable Bibles.
  • Universal Digital Library: "A free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet."
  • University of California Press: "The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers."
  • University of Virginia's e-Book Library: Includes classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, the Bible, Shakespeare, American history, and African-American documents.
  • The Victorian Web: "A resource for courses in Victorian literature."
  • Victorian Women Writers Project: Works by 19th century British women.
  • World Council of Churches Documents Repositor: Includes "texts of many different types and levels of institutional authority." They are searchable full-text here and here.
  • The World Factbook (CIA)
  • Wordtheque: A massive multilingual electronic library of "novels, technical literature and translated texts."

eReference

eReference materials include online full text handbooks, specialized encyclopedias, subject dictionaries, atlases, and other sources. They provide objective background information, quick facts, statistics, biographies, and more. To find a reference title, search the ORU library catalog and limit your results to reference or search a reference databases.

Sample Titles:
Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices

Encyclopedia of Bioethics

The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History
Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices, Publication Year: 2010 Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 5 vols.,
Publication Year: 2004
An Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Publication Year: 2009

star = denotes databases that have broad coverage; excellent resources to begin researching a topic
 
Biography in Context
600,000+ biographies covering 528,000+ individuals throughout history. More
Britannica Academic Edition
Britannica School (Elementary and Middle)
Britannica Spanish Reference Center
CountryWatch
"Political & Economic Intelligence, Analysis, Forecasts & News Across the Globe." 192 countries as well as many non-sovereign nations. More
CQ Researcher star- advanced search
In-depth coverage of current issues related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. More
Credo Reference star

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Encyclopædia Britannica
Summary and in-depth articles on every branch of human knowledge; includes biographies, maps, photos, drawings, flags, audio/video clips, and Web sites. More
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Over tens of thousands of encyclopedic entries searchable by subject or keyword and covering a variety of subject areas; updated annually. More
Gale Virtual Reference Library star
Includes:
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2d ed., 22 vol., 2007
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2d ed., 10 vol., 2006
The Encyclopedia of Political Science, 5 vols., 2005
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2d ed., 15 vol. 2005
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, 4 vol., 2005
Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2d ed., 5 vol., 2001
The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 4th ed., 6 vol., 2008
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family, 2d ed., 4 vol., 2003
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2d ed., 9 vol., 2008 s
New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2d ed., 15 vol., 2003, and supplements (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011)
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6 vol., 20
Literary Encyclopedia
Focuses on literature originally written in English or translated into English; authoritative summaries written by 1,500+ experts; edited by a scholarly board. (requires individual registration using ORU email) More
Literary Reference Center
Full text for 34,000+ plot summaries, 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, 179,000+ author biographies, 450 literary journals, 675,000+ book reviews, 74,000 poems, 18,000 short stories, and 6,100+ author interviews. More
Includes:
• Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism
The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story,
Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature
Magill's Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature
Masterplots, 4th ed.
Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
MLA Directory of Periodicals
Detailed information about the journals indexed in the MLA International Bibliography; includes editorial contact information, frequency, circulation, subscription prices, and submission guidelines. More
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present— from across the English-speaking world. More
Points of View Reference Center star
Provides essays that present multiple sides of 270+ current issues, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. More
Serials Directory
Access to accurate bibliographic information; includes current pricing structures for periodicals. More
TOPICsearch
Current events information; social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics; full text articles from diverse sources. More
WorldAlmanac
Includes: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, The World Almanac for Kids, The World Almanac Knowledge Source, and Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. More
Other samples:

ORU Audiobooks

AudiobooksThe library provides more than 300 audiobooks available for two week checkout, renewable if needed.

Search the library catalog with keywords and limit the results to Audiobooks, or browse the alphabetical list of titles.

Audiobook Collection EBSCO
A small collection available online. "Search audiobooks, listen to samples, and download your selection."
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Free on the Web
 
Search the Web for sites that offer lists of high quality, freely available audio books, such as those listed below.
 
Open Culture Open Access
525 free audio books; free downloads
 
The Audio Books Project (Project Gutenberg) Open Access
Offers free downloads with two options: human-read and computer-generated audio books. The collection includes numerous languages.
Browse title list of human-read audio books.
Browse title list of computer-generated audio books.

ORU Library Special Collections

Reference Desk ServicesThe ORU Library has several special collections that are shelved, or stored, in areas outside of the main library area. For example, in addition to the Holy Spirit Research Center collection there are three special theology collections located on the 4th floor of the LRC that are accessed by permission only: the Santos, Lasor and JST collections.

Need help? Inquire at the circulation counter if you are interested in browsing or finding an item in the theological collections or visit the reference desk for help with your questions.

Once you have the call number you will need to find the book on the library shelves. When reading the book's record in the library catalog, remember to note which floor it is on and the location code, which may identify a special collection as shown in the chart below.

Code Special Library Collection Name and Location
CMC Curriculum Media Center, Education Center, 5th floor
EDU-MCK McKissack Reading Collection, Education Department
(Go to the Education Department for assistance.)
HSRC

Holy Spirit Research Center, 5th floor

LRC-PER Periodicals/Microform (newspapers, magazines, etc.), Library Information Commons, 4th floor
LRC-REF
LRC-R
Show/ hide panel Reference, Library Information Commons, 4th floor.
Includes subject encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks and similar materials that you would not necessarily read cover-to-cover.

To find specific reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit to "Reference Collection." Help is available at the reference desk.

Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other. See: LC Classification Outline

Reference books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection. Search the title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and available for checkout.

RESERVE Reserve Materials, Circulation Desk, 4th floor
THE-LAS
Show/ hide panel William Sanford LaSor Collection, Room LRC 408E-F
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)
Reflecting the linguistic interests of its eponym, the 3,500 volumes of the William Sanford LaSor Memorial Library (LaSor) consist primarily of reference works on biblical and cognate Ancient Near Eastern languages, supplemented by volumes of specialized biblical, historical, and theological studies, many color transparencies of his extensive travels, and his personal teaching materials.

Ordained as a Presbyterian minister and serving as a military chaplain, LaSor also completed two Ph.D.’s – one in Old Testament studies, the other in New Testament.

Author (some jointly) of twenty-six books, LaSor is acknowledged as a leading Old Testament evangelical scholar of the last quarter of the twentieth century.

He taught for many years at Fuller Theological Seminary. His appreciation of ORU’s desire to foster irenic scholarship in Judaic-Christian studies facilitated purchase of this personal study library from his estate by the School of Theology & Missions.

Ongoing review by STM professors confirms the value of this collection for especially students pursuing the concentration in Advanced Languages within the M.A., Biblical Literature.

THE-SAN
Show/ hide panel Elmar Camillo Dos Santos Collection, Room LRC 408L-M
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)

Nearly 1,200 volumes which consists almost exclusively of valuable Judaic and early Christian biblical and religious texts and scholarly reference works. Almost all of these holdings are in non-English languages, mainly Hebrew, German, and Greek, requiring readers with more than minimal proficiency in each.

Elmar dos Santos was a distinguished Christian biblical scholar with special interest in both Judaica (including Septuagint studies) and the Synoptic Gospels. His library expresses these interests, including rare and specialized Judaic sources.
Dos Santos received his doctoral training in Jerusalem, where he lived for twenty-three years, during which time he also taught in several venues.

He became acquainted with then-student and now-Professor Brad Young during his studies. Together they worked with the late Dr. Robert Lindsey, whose hypothesis of Lukan priority among the Synoptic Gospels continues to be evaluated and extended through scholars at ORU and in academic societies such as the Society for Biblical Literature. Portions of Santos support such scholarship.

THE-JTS

 

show/ hide Jewish Theological Seminary Collection, Room LRC 408L-M
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)

Especially through the work of Dr. Brad Young, the seminary has fostered strong ties with the Jewish community as part of its conviction that Christians should understand the origins of their faith in large measure by understanding respectfully and deeply the Judaism from which Christianity was born and with which it still has unique relations.

Through Dr. Young’s acquaintance with scholars and librarians at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the University was able to purchase the holdings that constitute this special, secure and non-circulating collection. Among its many volumes that are found infrequently to rarely in North American libraries is the Monatschrift für die Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums.

The Library of Congress Call Number System

Partial List of LC Subject Categories
 A 
General Works: Encyclopedias, Indexes, Almanacs, etc.
 B 
Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology
BF
Psychology/ Parapsychology/ Occult
BJ
Philosophy, Psychology
BM
Judaism
BR
Church History
BS
The Bible
BT
Doctrinal Theology
BV
Practical Theology
 C 
Auxiliary Sciences of History: Archaeology, Archives, Genealogy, Biography
 D 
History: General/Eastern Hemisphere
 E 

History: Western Hemisphere

Books and other materials in the ORU library are primarily organized using Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, a classification system according to subject. Therefore, books about similar subjects will have a similar call number.

Hint: Once you locate a book on the shelves, books to the right and left may also be of interest to you.

There are 21 major subject categories, or divisions, in the LC call number system, represented by English letters. The first and second letters of a call number represent just the first line on the call number label. Additional numbers and letters that further define a book are usually included in the call number.

The first letter of the call number represents a major category or subject.

Example: "B" represents the subjects of "Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and Theology."

The second letter of a call number represents the specific sub-section within the general subject area. For example,

Example: materials with call numbers beginning with "BR" are on the subject of "Church History," a subdivision under "B--Philosophy, Psychology, Religion."

 

Detailed LC Classification Lists

Modified LC Classification Outline as used by ORU
• Complete Library of Congress Classification Outline

show/ hide TIP: How to browse titles in a specific call number section in ebrary (ebooks):

ebrary Use Advanced search.
Change Search in menu to LC Call Number.
Type the call numbers.
Click Search ebrary.
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
(Refer to LC outlines.)

How to Locate a Book on the Shelf

Shelved books Each item in the ORU Library has its own unique call number that is 1) on a label that is usually taped on the spine of the book (or other item) and 2) listed in the library catalog record. To find an item in the library you need to know its call number.

AFter you find an item in the library catalog, record the call number, go to the location in the library, and locate the item on the shelf.

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Library Catalog QuickSearch

Type Revell Dictionary then click GO.

 

  • A new window will open with the record for The Revell Bible Dictionary.
  • Note the location, call number and status.
    This is a Reference book (LRC-R) available for library use only. It cannot be checked.

 

How to Read a Call Number

Call numbers are read one row at a time.
Example: The Revell Bible Dictionary, call number BS440.R484 1990

Book

BS
Class Number — Read alphabetically.
B (major category) = Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Theology;
S
= Bible
440

Subdivision (numbers further define the book's subject) — Read as a whole number or a mixed decimal. 440 = Bible Dictionaries

.R484
Cutter number — Read digit by digit as a decimal fraction.
1990
Other designation — Volume, part, or copy numbers; Publication date
LRC-R
There may be a location code if the book is located somewhere in the library other than in the main circulating collection.
Example, LRC-R = Learning Resources Center, Reference

 

How Call Numbers are Arranged on the Shelves

The chart below provides a sample of how books and other library materials are arranged alphabetically (from left to right) on the shelves, according to the LC call number.

BR
123

BS
31
.S14

BS
123

BT
13
.S3

BT
312

BV
123

Top line - Read alphabetically.
2nd line - Read chronologically, as whole numbers.

BR
13
.S132

BR
13
.S14

BR
13
.S221

BR
13
.S3

BR
13
.S456

BR
13
.S46

TOP Line = "BR"
2nd line = "13"
3rd line - Read digit by digit, as in a fraction

BR
134

BR
134
.S456

BS
124
.B24

BS
124
.B24
v.1

BS
124
.B24
v.2

BT
13
.S46

Call numbers do not always have the same number of lines, or the same amount of information. Therefore, shelf arrangement is by the general rule of "nothing before something."

WorldCat and Other Library Catalogs

Use the resources below to find books and other materials beyond the ORU library. When the item you need is not available at ORU, you may request it through the library's Interlibrary Loan service.
 
WorldCat.org free on the Web
show/hide A library catalog with more than 1.2 billion records for books and other materials in OCLC member libraries, worldwide.
worldCat record• Include books, websites, films and slides, musical scores, and more.
• Records represent 400 languages.
• Indicates libraries where materials are held. ...more
• Links to the item preview in GoogleBooks.com, if available.
• Use your Zip code to locate the closest library that has the book.
Citation Tools - Click Cite Export within the detailed record to get a pop-up window that shows the citation in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian styles. More
Preview this item - If available, allows you to preview selected pages in GoogleBooks.com.  
WorldCat ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Limit your search to find materials in a in a library or group of libraries in a specified city/state. Use the Find codes, then key the code(s) in the Library Code text box. FirstSearch
Google books free on the Web
Some book previews and complete books available. More...
• Use "Find in Library" (left sidebar) to link to the item record in WorldCat.org.
• Connects to books with the Library Project and Partner Program.
• If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, Google Books provides a preview of the book.
• If the book is in public domain, you can freely download a PDF copy.
 
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Renew Your Books Online

If your library books are not overdue, you can easily renew them online.

Go to the library catalog, My account link and log in using your name and the bar code from your Eagle Card. Follow the instructions on the page.

  • Overdue books cannot be renewed online. If books are overdue, you must bring them into the library for renewal.
  • DVDs, audiobooks, headphones and reserve items cannot be renewed online but must be brought to the circulation counter for renewal.
  • As a courtesy, three days prior to the due date of your books, library Circulation Services will send you an email with a link to log in and renew online.

See How to Renew Online. pdf

Self-Checkout Unit
The self-checkout unit at the circulation counter, LRC-4th floor, can also be used to renew your books. Simply check your books out again to renew them.)

Self-Check Out

Self-checkout machineThe library encourages users to use the self-check out unit at the circulation counter, LRC 4th floor. Please note that reserve items, DVDs, audiobooks and headphones will need to be taken to the circulation counter for check out.

Self-check out machine

 

Hint: In order to use self-check out you must be validated in the library. Go to the library catalog, My account link and try to log in. If you are successful and you do not have an expiration date that is past, you are ready for self-check out.

 

See Library Information and Policies (pdf)
for information on DVD's, online renewals, late fees, checking out books, and more.