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Find a Book in Ellis Library Using Call Numbers: Video Tutorial

Created by Michael Muchow, Humanities Subject Librarian

Published on October 28, 2013

Find a Book in Ellis Library Using Call Numbers: Written Tutorial

1. To find a book in Ellis Library, you have several options. On the main page of, you can use Discover@MU or the Books & Media tab to search the book title and then filter by location in Ellis (for a tutorial on how to use Discover@MU, click here). You can also select "Classic Catalog (MERLIN)" under Quick Links to search for a book, which we will cover here.

2. In the MERLIN catalog, you can search for a book by a title, keyword, or author. You can also use the "Advanced" tab to search more specifically.


3. You will see a results page of relevant titles. The short record for each title tells you where the book is located, its call number, and whether it is available for checkout.

Short Record

4. For more information about a book, click on the title and you will be redirected to the full record of the item. From here, you can see the book’s location, call number, and availability. You will also often see more descriptive information about the book, including its table of contents and summary.

Full Record

5. To find where the book is located, write down or text the call number to yourself, and then click the “MU Ellis” link listed under the location.

Call Number

6. You will be redirected to a table of call number ranges and floors in the library. Find the range that the book’s call number is in. For the book we have chosen, the call number begins with “PN1995.9." Since “PN” is between the range “PH to PQ 2999,” the book will be in 3 Central, the 3rd floor of Ellis Library.

Location of Book

7. Clicking "3 Central" will redirect you to a map of the 3rd floor. Find the stacks with the call number range “PH to PQ 2999”. This is where your book will be located. Visit Ellis Library to find the book in the stacks.

Map of Ellis Library

8. If you would like further help with locating books in Ellis Library, or have any other research questions, please contact the librarians.