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Waidner-Spahr Library

French : Books and Films

Locating Books in the Library

When starting to look for books in the library using the online catalog, it is best to start with a key word or phrase to describe your topic or question.  This can be a descriptive word or phrase, a person's name, or a theory or philosophy.  Once you identify some relevant information on your topic, use titles, subject headings, and authors to search for additional relevant content.

Once you have found a physical book in the library (not an ebook).  You will need the call number and location to locate the book.  Most of our books are located in the circulating collection, which will be in the "stacks, main and upper level".  For more information of finding books, you can find a library map here or view our interactive tutorial.

Books in the Library are shelved by call number in the Main and Reference Stacks (shelves). Most books dealing with the French language and French literature have call numbers within these ranges:

Language: PC 2000-3800
Literature: PQ 1-3999


You can search our DVD collection in the online catalog by scrolling down to the bottom of the advanced search screen and selecting DVD in the box for Format.  Then you can search by keyword or title.

You can browse our DVD collection by following this link.  DVDs in Art and Art History are listed here.


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