Sunnyvale Public Library

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How to Locate Items in the Library

How the Online Catalog helps you quickly locate items.

The Sunnyvale Public Library Catalog can help you quickly locate books, movies and audio books.  The catalog record will indicate exactly where an item is shelved in the library.  Location Information directs you to the area of the library where the item is shelved (Call Number), its barcode number and if it is available for checkout. 

* If an item is available for check out, it will be indicated by "IN."  You may click on [Reserve This Item] to hold it for you for immediate pickup. When you click on [Reserve This Item] the catalog will immediately take you to the Log On page, and you will be asked to enter your username/barcode and PIN. 

* If an item is not available for check out, it will be indicated by "OUT (due back on year-month-day)."  You may either check back later to see if it has been returned or you may want to reserve it by clicking on [Reserve This Item].  The catalog will immediately take you to the Log On page, and you will be asked to enter your username/barcode and PIN.  After you have reserved an item, the catalog will tell you if you are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.. in queue for that item.  When the item is returned to the Library, you will be notified by email it is ready for pickup.

Always remember when searching by Title to disregard the articles A, An or The at the beginning of the Title.

Example for:

Gone With The Wind / by Margaret Mitchell

Location Information

  • F  MIT   /   00007446   /   IN  (at Main Library)    [Reserve This Item]

           ^                      ^                     ^                                                                 ^

Call Number      Barcode               Status - Available for Check Out         Place Hold for Immediate Pickup

and if the item is checked out:

  •  F MIT   /   00007446   /    OUT   (due back on 2011-10-18)   (at Main Library)   [Reserve This Item]

            ^                      ^                     ^                                                                                                          ^

Call Number       Barcode               Status - Checked Out & Date Due Back in Library                   Place in Hold Queue for Future Pickup

For more information see:

           Understanding Call Numbers

           Dewey Decimal System

Need additional help?  For further assistance with any topic you can always Ask a Librarian!