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LIT 114 - Bean - Spring 2022: Using Library Catalog

Handouts on LCC Call Numbers

Check out these handouts to better understand call numbers and information about Rio Hondo Library.

LCC Call Numbers

book spines

What a book spine looks like - close up of CALL NUMBER.

Use Call Numbers to Find Books in the Library

Using signage in the library, look for the letters in alphabetical order.  Once the letter combination is found, look for the first line number in numerical order.

Search Tips


  • If you’re not finding anything with your chosen keywords, try searching synonyms (example: “social media” instead of “social networks”).
  • Books in the library are organized by subject so when you find a book on the shelf, feel free to browse the area to find similar books.
  • Take a look at the Subject terms in the book's catalog record. By clicking on a Subject term, the Library Catalog searches for other books that have the same Subject term.
  • You can also use quotation marks ("  ") to specificially search a phrase.  This helps to further limit your searches; for example, if you type in the words air pollution, the computer will look for any result with the word air and any with the word pollution, but if you search "air pollution" the computer will more likely find that specific combination of words together.



Find Books at Other Libraries

If you can't find your book at Rio Hondo Library, try searching the following library catalogs:

NEW Library Catalog: PRIMO

primo search box

  • Type in your search using keywords or title, if known.
  • If you only want to know what's in the library, select Library Catalog.
  • If you want to find articles related to the topic, select Articles.
  • If you want to find both articles and books, select Everything.

Sample Search Results in PRIMO

sample search results

  • Location: Where the book is located in the library; most books are located in Circulating Book Stacks.
  • Call number: The book's address to physically find the book on shelf.
  • Available Online: Ebook. Details of title need to be opened in order to access eBook link for online access. If accessing off-campus, it will redirect you to sign-in through AccessRio.

filter results sample

Example Details for Book Types