The Merced Library was one of the first buildings built for this campus; it has both sentimental and educational value. There are many amazing books held in the shelves of our library. These books can be checked out at any time, and if a book that you would like to read is not in our library, you may request an interlibrary loan, also known as an ILL.

An interlibrary loan must be requested online and it is not difficult at all. To place the request, you must simply look up the book of interest and click on “request ILL”, if the booklist shows this availability. Once the request is in, a confirmation email will be sent to you and will let you know approximately how long it will take for the UC Merced Library to receive your book. Once it has been received, the library will notify you of exactly when and where to pick it up.

Additionally, ILL requests can be made to two different types of libraries. The first is from another UC Campus and the second is WorldCat Libraries. Just keep in mind that it may take longer for a book to be sent depending on availability along with where the book is being shipped from. At pick-up, you will also be notified of when to return it.

If you are aware of the ILL, then one thing that may not be known is how to locate a book from our own UC Merced Library. As it turns out there is a string of numbers and letter which help locate the book(s) of interest. Keep in mind that the rows of books are first labelled alphabetically, meaning that the row beginning with the letter “A” is on the 2nd floor and “Z” is on the fourth.

Once the row in which the book may be found is located, the next thing to look for is the four digit code on the binding of the book, which accompany each row. Once the code has been found–typically one code is on several books–the last thing to look for is a set of two numbers preceding a letter. This will ultimately mean that you have found exactly what you are looking for. It’s a bit difficult at first, but once you get the hang of things it’ll be a breeze. Happy hunting. 

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