Locate books by searching the NCSU Libraries catalog. You can search for books by author, title, subject, and keyword.
Standardized subject headings are used for subject searches. For example, to find books about microbiology, use the following subject headings:
You can also search for groups of or individual organisms using scientific or common names.
If you know the title of a relevant book, you can search this title in the online catalog, look at the subject headings used to index it, and then search those subject headings for related books on the topic.
If the NCSU Libraries does not have the book or journal that you need:
- Use the Tripsaver/Interlibrary Loan service. (Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.) Tripsaver provides books and photocopies of articles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Duke University, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), usually within 2-3 days. If the item is not available through Tripsaver, Interlibrary Services will attempt to find the item from another participating library.
Printed journal article and book request forms for Interlibrary Loan/Tripsaver are at the D. H. Hill Library Reference Desk and the branch libraries.
An electronic version of the forms is available from the NCSU Libraries Web page.
- Check out books from Duke, NCCU, or UNC-Chapel Hill.
NCSU students, faculty, and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at the libraries of three other major universities in the Triangle--Duke University, NC Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). A valid NCSU ID is required to establish privileges when visiting another TRLN library. You may also be asked to access profile information in your NCSU library account (i.e.,"My Borrowing Record") using a PIN number. The list of participating libraries and information such as hours of operation, directions, and circulation policies is available on the TRLN Web site. It is best to check this page for the policies of the library you are visiting before making a trip there.