Find Books

Begin your search for books using Summon. Summon searches the Middlebury Libraries catalog (MIDCAT) and the majority of our subscription databases at the same time. After executing your search, you can refine the results to just books by choosing from among the options listed on the left-hand side of the results page. You can always can ask a librarian for assistance.

Tip:  You also can search Summon from the library web site.  Look in the Library Quick Search box:


If you’ve already found a citation (author, title, date) for a book:

  1. On your results page in Summon, click on the title of the book. This will bring you to MIDCAT.  Tip: In MIDCAT, click on subject links to find additional resources on that subject.  Ask a librarian for assistance.
  2. If a book you want is "Available" in MIDCAT:
    a. In MIDCAT, look at the column labeled "Location." The Armstrong (Science) Library is in McCardell-Bicentennial Hall. The Davis Family Library is on Storrs Avenue.  To find out where the call number (see the column labeled "Call No.") is located, you can click on the "Location" column in the midcat record to bring up an online map, or when you arrive at the library, consult a wall map or print floor map guide. Ask for assistance at any desk.
    b. Bring the book to the circulation desk (at the front of the library) to check it out.  For more information on borrowing books, see General Borrowing Information in the Library and ITS Wiki.
    c.  If you are unable to find the book on the shelf, consult Need Help Finding a Book
  3. If your book is not available in MIDCAT:
    a. Request it through traditional interlibrary loan using the Illiad form (see the Interlibrary Loan section of the Library and ITS Wiki for details).
    b. If you would like to recommend the book for purchase by the library, submit a purchase request.
    c. If you are unable to obtain the book through Interlibrary Loan, you may wish to look for it at nearby libraries.
  4. You always can Ask Us for advice.

One last tip: For a visual overview of all resources on the Library home page, see the Quick-Start Guide to Library Research [pdf] or watch the Go/lib (now what?) tutorial.

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