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(The) Library Essentials Guide: Finding Books

To find books in the library, you will need to know how to use the Library Catalogue. On this page, you can find guidelines for using the library catalogue and how to locate books on the shelves.

NCI Library has two different sections of books:

Main Lending (ML)
The majority of NCI Library's books are in the Main Lending section of the library on the 4th floor. These books are available to all NCI Library users to borrow. They are organised first by shelf number (subject area number) and then alphabetically by author's surname.
Reference (REF)
These books cannot be borrowed; however, they are available for use within the library. Find the Reference section on the 5th floor.

Need advice for your assignments or research?
The Library Academic Support Centre is here to help!
We offer in-person and online appointments, remote assistance via email and a drop-in service.
For more details about how we can help you, see here.

Keep up to date on any library news and resources by following @NCILibrary on Facebook Twitter Instagram
Communications from the Library: Please note all communications from the library, concerning renewal of books, overdue books and reservations will be sent to your NCI student email account.