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A library catalogue is a complete list of all the materials in a library collection, presented in a way that helps users find and retrieve those materials.

Find books, ebooks, DVDs, videos and more using OC Library's catalogue or OCtopus.

There are different ways to search for items. For example:

  • by keywords that describe your topic
  • by subject heading (a specific word or phrase from a defined list)
  • by title
  • by author

There are different ways to refine or limit your search results. For example:

  • by campus location (Kelowna, Penticton, online)
  • by type (book, map, musical recording)
  • by date of publication

View your Library account and renew materials. Also see the status of items you have requested from another OC campus library.

Courtesy email notices are sent to your email when a borrowed item must be returned or renewed, and when a requested item has arrived from another library.

Once you find a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: if a book is not at your campus, you can request a transfer .

Location: where is the book in the library - circulating collection, reserves, reference.

Call Number: RT 90.3 .H435 2014 (you will find this number on the spine of the book).

Status: available, checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out).

E-ReaderElectronic books can offer a great alternative to print books. Find e-books in the Library Catalogue and databases. View e-books off-campus, search full-text, and save them to your own personalized electronic bookshelf. Depending on the title, you may be able to download the e-book to your computer, e-reader, tablet, or handheld device.

If you are off-campus, you may be required to login with your 300 number and last name. For more information on e-books at OC click here. Also look at the background sources tab and articles tab for other e-book sources.

Books (Hardcopy & Physical)

Books are shelved by Library of Congress CALL NUMBER in the stacks
Call numbers are organized by SUBJECT. For example, all books on education will be under the letters LB, depending on the specific subject (ie. teaching, learning, teaching english, etc.).
Specific books will include numbersFor example, classroom assessment will be around the number 2822, which = LB 2822
Click on the title of a book in the catalogue or in OCtopus and you will see a list of links next to 'Subject'. These links take you to other books with the same subject.
Use the Library catalogue to place holds on items checked out, or request books to your campus from other campus libraries.

E-Books (Electronic & Online)

E-Books can be viewed from home, most can be downloaded, and the text is searchable.
Access via OCtopus or the Library's online catalogue. Look for "online access" links.
Download to your computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone for offline reading.
Searching for books with OCtopus? Limit your search to ebook or book using the resource type limiter box on the left side of results pages.








To help you browse the Library shelves, try the following areas:


BF 1-839 Psychology
HV 1551-3024 Disabilities
QM Human Anatomy
QP Human Physiology
R Medicine
R 123 Medical Terminology
RC 435-571 Mental Disorders
RG Gynecology & Obstetrics
RM Pharmacology
RT Nursing

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