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Call Numbers to Browse

Because it's such an interdisciplinary field, books on science, technology, and society are scattered throughout the library's collection. Whenever you find a book of interest, be sure to browse around in the area you found it for more possible sources.

You will find many books on science, technology, and society on the fourth floor with call numbers that begin with the letter 'Q'.  Another strategy is to brows the first section of the call numbers that stand for the scientific discipline you're interested in (QC for physics, QD for chemistry, etc).

Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

How to Read a Call Number

Watch this video for more information about reading call numbers to find a book!

Find Your Book in Collins

How do you locate books in the library once you've looked them up in the catalog? Watch the video below to learn more about using call numbers to find a book in the Collins library!


E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search! 

Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.