Library FAQ

Answers to common questions about doing research and using the library.

How do I find a specific book?

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Start with Library Search, the large search box on the library's homepage, which will retrieve books and ebooks. Change the drop-down next to the search box to say "Parkside Library," to limit your search to this library, or "All UW Libraries," to look for books at all UW libraries. 

Search for the title or author of the book.

If a book is available at Parkside, it will say so. Look at the collection (stacks, new books, etc.) listed after the availability message, as well as the call number.



This book's collection is Stacks, and the call number is LB3060.32.C65 W25 2000. The call number is the location of the book on the shelf.

Here are the library collections by floor:

  • L1: Reference books; Journals and Magazines (Back Issues); DVDs; CDs; Friends Reading Room (Browsing collection; Video Games; Graphic Novels); New Books; Current Newspapers; Stacks and GFL/Grand Folio Books (Call Number M)

  • L2: General Stacks (Call Numbers A-L); GFL/Grand Folio Books (Call Numbers A-L); Education collection; Educators professional development collection

  • L3: General Stacks (Call Numbers N-Z); GFL/Grand Folio Books (Call Numbers N-Z)


If a book is not at Parkside, but is available at another UW library, you can request it by clicking on the orange "Use Get It to Request" link. You will have to sign in using your Parkside ID and password, the click the UW Request link. Books from other campuses usually arrive within 3 business days.

Finding books can be complicated. If you haven't found what you're looking for, contact us for help.