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Research Toolkit

A guide to doing research at the Middlebury Libraries, from start to finish.

Finding Books in the Library

Books in Middlebury libraries are arranged by subject using call numbers from the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.

Here’s how to find a book in the library:

  1. Identify the call number for the book in LibrarySearch.
  2. Consult the stacks maps in the library to find the general location of your call number.
  3. Go to the stacks and find the shelf that matches your call number.
  4. Pick up your book and check it out at the Circulation Desk.

On Finding a Book in the Library

How to Read LC Call Numbers

How to Read LC Call Numbers - Ask a Librarian

Books on Reserve

Faculty can place books, articles, and other media on reserve at the library. These items circulate for a shorter loan period to allow everyone in a class to access course materials.

Library Stacks Maps

Requesting Materials from Interlibrary Loan

For items we don’t own, most library databases provide a link to the Interlibrary Loan request form. If you fill out the form, we’ll try to get the item from another library. This is a service we provide at no cost to you. To go directly to the Interlibrary Loan request form, log in to Illiad: