How Do I Find a Book?
Long Island University's online public access catalog.
- What is "List Search"?
- Use List search (also called Browse)
if you know the author or title you want. Be creative
when thinking of ways authors and titles can be misspelled
or rearranged (e.g. Frankel / Frankle / Franckel or
Pudd'inhead Wilson or Nietzsche, Friedrich). It takes you to
an alphabetical list you can browse. (More Information)
- What is "Keyword Search"?
- Use Keyword if you have a general topic or subject.
It finds the word anywhere in the title, author, description,
or subject (unless you specify just one of these fields). (More Information)
- Does the library have everything listed in LIUCat?
- All of the campus libraries of LIU are included
in the computer, so make sure the book you want is
here at C.W. Post. It may also be in one of the departments
(rather than the circulating stacks), checked
out, or on reserve.
- Where in the building should I go?
- Look at the first letter of the call number to
stack level on which the book is shelved, or go
to the proper department. A printed guide to the bookstacks
is also available. You will need a
picture ID to enter stacks.
- Reserve books
are usually kept at the Circulation Desk.
- I can't find the book, but the computer says it's not checked out.
- If a book is not on the shelf or you can't find it, a
librarian can accompany you to the stacks to help you locate it.
Be creative when you try to think how it might be misshelved.
Also, check the pre-sorting/pre-shelving area on
each stack level as well as the Circulation Desk.
- What if my book is checked out?
- If a book is actually checked out, you can put a
hold on it at the Circulation Desk.
- Can I get a book from another campus?
- Can I get the full text of books online?
- The library subscribes to ebrary, which contains the text of approximately 44,000
books. ebrary books are included in LIUCat and will appear in your search results with the phrase
"[electronic resource]" after the title.
- Click on the title and then the ebrary link to access it. You will need to install the
ebrary reader (available from the ebrary website) on your computer to view it.
- To search for only ebrary books, do a keyword search
and type "ebrary" after your search terms.
- You can also search directly from the ebrary website.
This will let you search through the full text of books as well. If you want to search by subject
headings instead of through the full text, LIUCat will have better indexing.
- More information.
- The library also subscribes to both the Gale Virtual Reference Library which contains
the full text of 370 encyclopedias and other reference books and Credo Reference with the full text of an
additional 432. You can search through all of them at once or
choose a particular one. They are listed on the database page under
Reference Books as well as by
specific subject headings. The library subscribes to a
number of other reference books that can also be accessed this way.
- The book I want isn't listed.
- Is the book in another library?
- Do I have the title right?
- To verify the existence of a book,
database from OCLC. WorldCat searches every major library in the
country but not the smaller, public ones.
- You can also check the online catalogs of
local libraries. Nassau County residents
may use any Nassau public library; Suffolk County residents may
use any Suffolk public library. Also, the LILRC Research Loan
Program will enable you to check books out of a number of
Long Island libraries. Ask for help in the
- Can I get it from another library?
- How many books can I check out?
- Students can have up to 36 books checked out at any one time.
- Does the library have textbooks?
- Generally we don't purchase college textbooks. The
Instructional Media Center has a collection of
- Can I access
- Can I find out if I have any overdue books or owe fines or have an expired account?
- Can I get a list of books that I've checked out?
- Go to LIUCat.
"My Account" from the drop-down menu under
- Enter your barcode and PIN
(the first time you log in, your PIN is the last 4 digits of your ID number) and click the
- Click on the appropriate link:
- Overview: provides a summary of your information.
- Checked Out: provides a list of items that you have checked out,
items that are overdue, and items that you claim to have lost. You can also use this to renew a book
once so long as it is not yet overdue.
- Holds: provides a list of items that you have asked to be placed on hold
for you and whether or not they are available yet.
- Fines/Blocks: displays how much you owe, whether your account is
blocked, and the reason why.
- Profile: displays the date your account expires, as well as your name,
address, telephone number, campus, and email address.
- If you are using a public computer, be sure to log out and close the browser when you are finished,
or the next person to use that computer will be able to see your account information.
- You can also call the Circulation Desk at (516) 299-2303 or visit in person.
- More information.