Find a book
You may want to go directly to the Library Catalog to search for books and other library materials. You can search by
in a quick, Google-like search box, or use the Advanced Search features for more specific results and to limit by language or other criteria. When you see an item that interests you, click on the blue title for more detail about which libraries own the item and where on the shelves you might find it.
All RCLS member libraries use the Dewey Decimal System, which means that Fiction materials are filed by the author’s last name and Nonfiction materials are filed according to a numbering scheme. Each library arranges its books a little differently, since local interests and building layouts vary from one library to another. In Newburgh, all Fiction and all materials for ages 11 and under are located on the entry, or 3rd, level. All NonFiction for Adults and Young Adults is located on the lower, or 2nd, level. The exact shelf location is shown under the Call # heading and will be either an author’s last name or a number designation such as 123.456 ABC. There may also be a prefix like J, JP or JE (Juvenile sections), YA (Young Adult), REF (Reference), or R.R (Rare Reference or Local History.) Consult the Building Map to see various locations.
If you prefer, you can come in to the Library or call one of our two Reference/Information Desks (845.563.3625 or 845.563.3618) for help finding the book or other item you want. Our Librarians will be very happy to search the catalog for you, help you narrow down your subject (or broaden it!), suggest the most appropriate books for your project, offer alternative suggestions for topics or authors if we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, and place holds or interloan requests for items that aren’t immediately available. We’ll also show you how to use the online Catalog, including how to place holds yourself and check your account to see what items you have out or are waiting for.
Remember! Many books are available through the Overdrive eBook download service. These are listed in the Catalog as an electonic resource; click on the underlined URl to go to the download area of our web site. The titles can be downloaded to a computer, eReader or MP3 player, depending on their format. You will use your library barcode and pin # (last 4 digits of your telephone number) for the download, but your account of digital items out, on hold, etc is separate from your account of physical materials. We also provide access to music downloads through Sony’s Freegal; however, these titles are not listed in our Catalog.
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