Begin your search for books using Summon. This discovery tool offers a Google like experience - searching both the Middlebury Libraries catalog (MIDCAT) and the majority of our subscription databases at the same time. After executing your search, you can further 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.
If you’ve already found a citation (author, title, date) for a book:
- 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.
- 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 LIS Wiki.
c. If you are unable to find the book on the shelf, consult Need Help Finding a Book?
- If your book is not available in MIDCAT:
a. In MIDCAT, click on the button to request it from another library (see the NExpress section of the LIS Wiki for details).
b. If the book is not available in NExpress, request it through traditional interlibrary loan using the Illiad form (see the Interlibrary Loan section of the LIS Wiki for details).
c. If you would like to recommend the book for purchase by the library, submit a purchase request.
d. If you are unable to obtain the book through Interlibrary Loan, you may wish to look for it at nearby libraries.
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