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Student Resources

Finding and Accessing Materials

Finding Physical Materials

Most of our materials are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number, a classification system which groups books together by subject. No matter your level of experience, finding a book in the stacks can be confusing. We've created guides to help you get started, but if you can't find something on your own, please ask us for help. Our Circulation and Research Services staff are glad to help you locate what you need - and can all relate to the frustration of not finding what you're looking for on the shelf.

Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Learn more about finding materials in the stacks.


Reserving Materials for Pickup

You can also request books online for pickup. Once you've located the title in the library catalog, click on the "Request Pickup" link. You must be signed into your library account via Wesleyan SSO to see the link. Requests are usually processed within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). You’ll receive an email when your requests are ready for pickup. 

  • All Olin Library requests will be available for pickup at the Reserves Desk
  • All Science Library requests will be available for pickup in the SciLi lobby

Digitizing Materials

You can also request scans of pages, chapters, or book sections. Once you've located the title in the library catalog, click on the "Request Digitization" link. You must be signed into your library account via Wesleyan SSO to see the link. You'll receive an email when your digitized item is ready.