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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

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: HM 651 .M38 2005 (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).

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.









E-ReaderElectronic books can offer a great alternative to print books. 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. 

Sociology Call Numbers

If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the shelves at the following call number locations:

E 184 - E 185: American ethnic groups.

HA: Social science statistics.

HB: Economic Theory. Demography.

HM 1001-1281: Sociology (general and theoretical). Social psychology.

HN: Social history. Social problems. Social reform.

HQ: The family. Marriage. Women. Feminism.

HT: Communities. Classes. Races. Slavery.

HV 1-9960: Social pathology; Criminology, including:

HV 5001-5840: Drugs & alcohol

HV 6001-7220.5: Criminology

HV 7231-9960: Criminal justice administration

HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.

K: Legal issues.

LC: Educational sociology.

RA: Social medicine.

Search Other Libraries

Find items in other libraries, both local and around the world. Most items you find may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

UBC Library Search UBC Library
Request items directly from UBC for pick-up at any OC campus library, and return UBC books at OC. Ask your campus library circulation desk to associate your OC card with UBC.
Search ORL Okanagan Regional Library
Get an ORL card and request books for delivery to your nearest ORL branch. Return books to ORL, not to the College.
Search Illume All BC Libraries Illume
Books and other materials from thousands of libraries across the world. Request titles via ILL.

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