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Library Annex

Library staff will retrieve Library Annex items daily Monday through Friday. Items requested by 2:00 PM will be available by 4:00 PM the same day. Once retrieved, items will be held for you for ten days at the Morris Library Circulation Desk or at a Branch Library if so indicated. The same borrowing policies will apply to Library Annex items as applied to those items when they were located in their originating library.

To request that material be paged from the Library Annex, use the Library Annex Request Form.

 

Secured Area

Library staff retrieve Secured Area material once a day. Items requested by 2:00 PM are available by 4:00 PM the same day. Once retrieved, items will be held for you for ten days at the Morris Library Circulation Desk. Secured Area materials cannot be removed from the Morris Library and are due before closing.

To request that material be paged from the Secured Area, use the Secured Area Material Request form.

 

Locating Books

Once you have identified a book in DELCAT or WorldCat Local:

Check the current status of the book.

 

Click on the link in the DELCAT record that says “Holdings: All items and circulation status.” Do you see the words “on shelf” or a due date? If there is a due date, someone else has checked the book out of the Library. You may request that the book be recalled for you by using the Book Recall form (select the “Forms” link on Library webpages)

Note the location and call number of the book.

 

The Location information in the DELCAT record identifies the specific University of Delaware Library (Morris Library or one of the four branch libraries). Each book has a unique call number (e.g., PR2807 .C84 2006) that tells you where the book is located. The Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize its books on the shelves by subject.

Use the call number to find the book.

 

Sometimes a specific place is given in the Location information (e.g., Reference, Reserve Room, or Special Collections). A location other than “Morris Library” means that you should go there to find the item. Use the call number as an address to find the book on the shelves. The first letter of the call number determines the correct floor. If the book's location is listed as “Internet,” clicking on the link in the DELCAT record will take you to the book.

Morris Library Call Number Locations
A - H
J - K
L - N
P - Q
R - Z
3rd Floor
Lower Level
3rd Floor
2nd Floor
Lower Level

Morris Library Locations
Browsing
Periodicals Room
Media
Library Annex
Maps
Microforms
Reference
Special Collections
U.S. Documents
2nd Floor
1st Floor
Lower Level
Use Form
Lower Level
Lower Level
1st Floor
2nd Floor
Lower Level

If a book you need is not on the shelf:

 

Check DELCAT once more to be sure you have correct information about the location and call number and whether the book has been checked out to another library user. If it is checked out to another user, you may recall it by using the Recall Book form. You may also look on designated book return shelves, in sorting areas, and near photocopy machines. Sorting areas are indicated on maps of the floors. Still no luck? Ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance

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