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iFind - the library catalogue

iFind, the library catalogue, will help you to find books and other items. It gives a call number for each item which is the code on the spine of the book so that you will be able to find it on the shelf.

Once you know the call number for a book the Finding Books guide will tell you which wing and floor / level of the Library and Information Centre you need to go to.  

The LIC Floor Plans and Bay Library Floor Plan will show you the area of a floor where you can find the call number you need.  iFind will also link to the appropriate floor plan (in iFind click on Library under the title you are interested in and click the Locate link to open up the floor plan).

You may find our Video Tutorials page useful to help you with your search.

What if you can't find what you want?

Is the item in iFind?

Check iFind to make sure that it hasn't been borrowed by someone else. If it has been borrowed, you can make a reservation (see our Borrowing, Renewing, Reserving Items page for information about reservations).

Before looking for the book, check whether the item is in the Library and Information Centre (or LIC - the main library) or another Library.  Also check to see if it is in a special category e.g. folios (books too large for the ordinary shelves which are shelved separately). 

Ask for help at the Library Desk in the library you are using. We will double-check the shelves for you, and if the item still cannot be found you can fill in a Search Slip. ISS staff will then continue to search for the item and will reserve it for you when found.

If the item is not in iFind

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the library catalogue, ask for help at the Library Desk. If we do not hold the material you require in Swansea University, you can use Document Supply Services if you are a student or member of staff to borrow a copy of a book from another library. This service can also supply photocopied articles for you to keep. There is a charge for this service - requests have to be approved by an authorised member of the academic department which will pay for the request. 

If we don't hold a book that you think would be of use to your course or module, you could email your subject librarian to ask if a copy could be obtained.    Your suggestion will be considered in the light of course requirements and budget constraints.

You can search the online catalogues of other universities, but check Visitors Information for information on whether you will be allowed to visit them.