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How Tos

Learn how to research at the library and on the Web.

When to Use Books

How to Find Print Books at the Library

Quick Steps to Find Print Books

1. You can find print (hard copy) books at the library by entering your search terms into the Library Search Box and clicking Search

2. When you see your search results, you can filter your search results to print books only by clicking the Print Books filter under Resource Types and clicking Apply Filters. 

Click on Print Books in the Resource Type Filter and Click Apply Filters


3. When you find a book that you would like to read, click on the title. You'll be taken to a page with information about the book, including its location and availability. On this page, you can see the book's location and availability and an option to request alternative access through interlibrary loan if it's unavailable. Contact the library if you have any questions about its availability, where to find it on the shelves, or interlibrary loan. You can also get the book's citation on this page. Remember to check all citations that are automatically generated from databases against the correct format.

You can see the book's location and availability or request it through interlibrary loan if it's unavailable.


4. Log into My Library Account to see the books you've borrowed from Pacific or your ILLiad Account to see any books you've requested through Interlibrary Loan. 

Browse the Print Collection

  • Print (hard copy) books at Pacific University Libraries are organized by Library of Congress call numbers.
  • To browse for items on a particular subject, go to the shelf with the Library of Congress call numbers for that subject. Hint: Try browsing the shelves for several different call numbers that are related to your topic.
  • Any questions? Ask us! We're here for you.

Children's & Young Adult Books

Visit our children's and young adult collection, including our graphic novel collection, in the Tran Library in Forest Grove. The shelves are color coded to help you find what you're looking for. Come browse the shelves! 

How to Get a Book That We Don't Have

Are you looking for a book that we don't have a Pacific University Libraries?

Need a Scan of a Book Chapter?

Do you need a digital scan of a book chapter? 

Having Trouble Accessing a Library Resource?

If you run into trouble accessing any library resource such as an ebook, article, or any of the library's databases, here are some tips to help you troubleshoot access. Please always feel free to ask us for help by chat, phone, email, or in-person. 

Distance/Remote Learners & Pacific’s Eugene/Woodburn Campuses

If you're studying or working far from Forest Grove or Hillsboro, or unable to come to the Forest Grove or Hillsboro campus for any reason, we're here to help you succeed. You have access to Pacific’s electronic resources like you would on campus. Physical library materials can be sent to you, always free of charge (and with free return shipping if needed).

Please request all physical items through Interlibrary Loan using ILLiad, even if Pacific owns the item(s).

For physical library materials, such as books and DVDs, our Interlibrary Loan team will send items right to your mailing address, free of charge. Physical items generally take 10-14 days, plus a few days for shipping to you. Items come from many different libraries. Interlibrary Loan always attempts to get items to you as quickly as possible so please let us know about any questions or concerns Before the due date, mail loans back to us with the free prepaid FedEx ground label in your package.

Learn more about resources for distance learners.