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Orientation Classes and Tours
Orientation tours are offered throughout the year to familiarize users with the parts of the library and its collections.
These tours are to help users acquire skills useful for finding books and accessing research tools such as specific

Follow the steps below, to locate materials for yourself.

How do I find a book?
Get acquainted with the parts of our library:
Circulation Desk
Databases & Articles
On-line catalog (UniCAT)
The “Call Number”

How do I find a book?

Search our on-line catalog  UniCAT  to find whether a book is in the library or not. Learn to use the catalog effectively. Instruction is being offered throughout the academic year by our library staff. You may also consult the on-line UniCAT user guide for more details.

Get acquainted with the parts of your library:

Perhaps our library strikes you as mysterious and threatening. Have in mind that you do not have to understand the whole system, just some procedures for retrieving the books and articles you need.
Watch out for library tours and information leaflets on stands and don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help in getting a good start on your project.
No two libraries are alike. Yet, you will find the same key parts and services in every library:


This is where books are stored in numeric classification order. We follow the Dewey Decimal Classification System by which all knowledge is divided into 10 different subject areas.
Follow the signs on the sides of the shelves to guide you in the area where you will find the materials you need. It is important that once you pull out books from the shelf, you do not shelve them back yourself, but place them on the nearest table to be shelved by the library staff. Take to the Circulation Desk along with your ID card, materials you need to check out for your reading.

Circulation Desk

You can check out books by submitting them to the Circulation Desk. If you need something urgently that is out to another borrower, you can put a hold on it by asking the librarian to Recall it and notify you as soon as the book is available.


Databases & Articles


On-line catalog (UniCAT)

The Call Number

When you conduct a search in the catalog, the most important piece of information to write down before going to the shelves, is the “Call Number” or “Classification Number”. This is the address of the book - it tells you exactly where the book is shelved.
It is also found on the spine of the book so that it can be put in the proper order on the shelf.

The “Call Number” is made up of three parts. The first part gives you the Subject of the book. It might be a number from the Dewey Decimal Classification System or it might be an abbreviation e.g. F for Fiction books, CY for Cyprus Collection books.
The second line is the Author’s last name and the third line is the Year of publication.


Item status

Due date

Due hour Sublibrary Collection Call No. Barcode    
Standard Loan 23/07/07 19:00 Nicosia IC Library Main Collection CY327 C854 2007 LI008954

Different letters in front of the Call Number indicate special collections.
For example:
R - Reference Collection
CY - Cyprus collection.
GD - Cyprus Government Documents.
B - Biography.
F - Fiction.
JF - Junior Fiction.
RARE - Rare Book Collection
OS   - Oversize Books
LREF - Law Reference Collection

Books with no letters in front of the Call Number are found in the Main Collection where the "Standard Loan" books are located. For example:

760  indicates Graphic Arts Books
005  indicates Computer Programming Books
300  indicates Social Science Books

Now that you know what everything means and you have the Call Number of the book you want in your hands, you are ready to go to the shelves to find it.
Once you find it, proceed to the Circulation Desk to have it checked out in your name. Make note of the return date stamped in your book.
Make sure that you read all the Library Regulations in our Library Leaflet to avoid wasting both time and money.

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