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TCC Library: Find a book, ebook, or DVD in the library

Library "How do I...?"

Welcome to TCC Library "How Do I...?"

Find the information you need. Get your questions answered here.

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Using the Library's Catalog

Searching the catalog for print books, ebooks, and DVDs

  1. Use the Library Catalog

You can search for and find print books, ebooks, and DVDs in the Library Catalog.

  1. Enter keywords

Enter a title, author, or keyword into the search box and select the search button.

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library catalog search for the phrase climate change


  1. Check format

On the left side of the screen, look for the “Format” section and select the format you’re interested in such as “eBooks,” "Print books," or “DVDs.”

specific format for catalog search

  1. For print books and DVDs:

  • Click on the title of the book or DVD item in your search results.
  • Note, as shown below, whether it is available (checked in or out) and also the call number (its location). Someone in the library will help you find it. Just ask us!

detailed catalog record of print book


  1. For ebooks:

  • You can access ebooks from the catalog and read them from anywhere!
  • An ebook in the catalog is marked by the "E" format.
  • Click on the link in the description to access and read this ebook.

view of ebook in catalog

Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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