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Waidner-Spahr Library

Resources for International Students: How Do I Get a Book?

How do I get a book?

Waidner-Spahr Library houses over 375,000 print books and over 1 million eBooks. The library has open stacks, which means you can go to the bookshelves and help yourself to any print book you might be interested in using. Here is how you can find and check out a print book:

  • First, search the Library Catalog for books on your topic. Write down the Call Number (example: DS779.32 .D46 2011) and Location (example: Book Stacks, Main and Upper Level) of the book that you want to borrow.
  • Next, find the Location and Call Number range on our Library Map, and find the book on the shelf by matching the Call Number to the label on the side or cover of the book.
  • Now you can bring the book to the Circulation Desk, where you can check it out.

Students can check out an unlimited number of books at a time and keep them for 28 days. Remember to renew the books if you are not done with them by the due date.

eBooks can be accessed through JumpStart or the Library Catalog. For more information, review our tutorial eBooks at Waidner-Spahr Library.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us!

Search by Language

You can also search for books and other materials by language. The library collects materials (books, newspapers and magazines, DVDs) in a variety of languages to meet the needs of area studies programs, language learners, and international students. All non-English materials are searchable via the Catalog. All you need to do is to limit your search by language.

You can also browse our journal stacks on the lower level of the library for current issues of the journals and magazines available in the language you're searching for. In addition, you can visit the DVD stacks on the main floor to browse for films from a particular country.

See the examples for searching by language below, and even if you're in the middle of a search, many of the library's databases allow you to adjust language options at any time!

From the Catalog (From the Library Homepage, go to Library Catalog Only, and select a language from the language dropdown):

From eBook Academic Collection (From the Library Homepage, go to Databases, select Academic E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost), and choose a language from the menu at the bottom right of the screen):

Academic E-Book Collection screen with a language selected in the menu at the bottom right of the screen.


Zoomed view:




From Ebook Central (From the Library Homepage, go to Databases, select Ebook Central, go to Advanced Search, and select a language from the language dropdown):

Ebook Central Advanced Search screen with the language dropdown highlighted.


Zoomed view:


Zoomed in image of the language dropdown menu on the Ebook Central Advanced Search screen.

Interactive Tutorial: Finding Books in Waidner-Spahr Library

Video Tutorial Part 1: Where is my book in Waidner-Spahr Library?

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Call numbers: What are they? How do they work?