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International Students and Scholars

Welcome to the University of Delaware Library!

The University of Delaware Library is pleased to welcome international students and scholars and to assist them with their research needs. Library staff at service desks are there to help; all one needs to do is ask for assistance.

The University of Delaware Library operates on the concept of an open stack library system. This means that one can go into the stacks (or aisles where the books are shelved) and personally locate books, browse them to see if they are what is really needed, and then check them out at the Circulation Desk without a delay in waiting for them to be retrieved by library staff.

The University of Delaware Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to organize its book collection. The first letter of a book's call number indicates the floor on which the book is located. All call numbers begin with one or more letters followed by numbers (Example: LB2376.4 .C65). The books are organized by their subject content. Once a book on a particular topic is located, other similar books should be nearby in the stacks. Maps of the Morris Library call number locations may be obtained from any of the service desks.

Library Fast Facts

The University of Delaware Library has:

  • Over 2.8 million books and bound periodicals
  • Over 3.4 million microforms including U.S. patents
  • Over 42,000 electronic and print journals including newspapers to which the Library provides access
  • Over 6,700 linear feet of manuscripts and archives
  • Seating for over 2,500 persons in the Morris Library