Search from our Homepage

Start with the search box on lib.umn.edu. Search by title, author, or keyword. To limit select “Book” from “Material Type” on left (you may need to click “More Options” to see). Once you find an item. Write down the library and call number (e.g. PR6068.O93 Z73 2009) and go get it. Or "Sign in" in the upper right and click the "Get It" button to request to pick it up at a convenient library (learn more about Get It).

Libraries Catalog tab

If you don't see the book you want in your results list, click the "Libraries Catalog" tab. The Libraries catalog searches everything cataloged by the University Libraries (books, videos, recordings, journals by title, etc.) but not individual articles.

Browse the Shelf, by Title, by Author and More

Click Libraries Catalog Browse (which shows both online and print collections) by title, author, subject, call number and more.

Find books beyond the U Libraries

Use specialized search tools such as:

  • UBorrow searches 15+ major research libraries (CIC institutions). Request items directly in UBorrow.
  • WorldCat searches books from libraries all over world.
  • Google Books searches the full text of millions books.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library offers a collection of millions of full text titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • If you find a book that the libraries do not own, you can request a copy or individual chapter via Interlibrary Loan.

How can I use books in my research?

  • Get broader coverage of a topic than articles do and more in-depth coverage
  • Learn more about the relationship between different concepts and topics
  • When the Libraries purchases books, we usually get materials recommended by scholars or faculty members in the subject.
  • To find historical perspective
  • If you don’t have time to read the whole book or it doesn’t match the scope of your assignment--just read one or two of the most useful chapters -- and cite it like a book chapter

Tip: It can take over a year for many academic books to be published. Use articles to find information on a very current topic.

Looking for E-books?

See our How to Find E-books page for suggestions that will get you directly into our e-book collections.