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Browsing the Stacks

Main library can be quite the labyrinth and books are often on the move, but below you will find the best areas of the library to browse books related to English. Also, every book listing on the library website has a "Locate" feature that will show you a more precise location.

Please note: Some items you find in the library catalog may be listed as being at "Oak Grove Library Center," our off-site book storage location. These books and journals can still be requested and will be delivered to Main Library for checkout usually within a day.

Ordering Books

Your librarian purchases books for the collection on a regular basis, however, often times there are books you need for a class or your research that we miss. To place an order for a book, simply fill out the "Purchase Suggestion" form or email any details you have to Once the book has been ordered, received, and processed you will be sent an email letting you know its ready to be picked up and checked out.

If you are looking to purchase books for your personal collection, I recommend the following local bookstores and online retailers:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a quick and cooperative way to receive scans of articles or book chapters as well as physical books from other libraries. To request an item via ILL, log in to your account and click on the "Place a Request" link. For more information or to contact the ILL department, please visit the Interlibrary Loan website.

Book Reviews

To find reviews of books, plays, and other media, use the "Reviews" filter in the library catalog. Here is an example search for book reviews of Toni Morrison's novel Beloved. To make things easier, click on the example search link and simply enter the title you are interested in finding review of. Other places to find reviews include: