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Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How the Books are Organized

Call #

Subject

A

General Works

B

Philosophy

BF

Psychology

BJ

Ethics

BL-BX

Religion

C, D

World History

E, F

American History

G

Geography

GE

Environmental Sciences

GF-GT

Anthropology

H-HA

Social Sciences

HB-HJ

Economics

HM-HX

Sociology

J

Political Science

K

Law

L

Education

LA

History of Edu.

LB

Theory of Edu.

M

Music

N

Art & Architecture

P

Linguistics

PE

English

PL

Chinese & Japanese

PN

Literature (General)

PQ

French & Spanish

PR

English Lit.

PS

American Lit.

PZ

Fiction

Q

Sciences & Math

QR

Microbiology

R

Medicine & Health

S

Agriculture

T

Technology

TR

Photography

U

Military Science

V

Naval Science

Z

Library Science

See Library of Congress Classification for more information. 

FAQ: Searching

How are the library books organized?

We follow the Library of Congress Classification system. Find the subject you are interested in and browse the book stacks. It is a great way to find perfect resources that you may miss when you only use the catalog to search.

How do I find items my professor has put on reserve?

Reserve items are accessible from the circulation desk in the Library. Course Reserves page shows you how to find out what material has been placed on reserve.

Where do I find novels and fiction books?

They are shelved in our Circulating Collection on the 3rd floor, call number PN - PZ sections. We encourage you to go up there and browse the books. In addition, new acquisitions are briefly displayed at the entrance. There are many Young Adult fiction titles on the first floor of the library as well.

Where do I find books in foreign languages?

Because our focus is to support the foreign language classes, we actively purchase titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. They are shelved in our Foreign Language Collection on the first floor.

How can I find print magazines or journals? Can I check them out?

Print periodicals are located on the 2nd floor of the Ikeda Library. Copiers/Scanners are available for all patrons to make copies.

How do I access the SUA MA theses and Undergraduate capstones?

The SUA MA theses/projects approved by the Graduate School office are available on the first floor of the library. You may simply borrow them just as other circulating books. Undergraduate capstones are on reserve at the Circulation Desk. They are only accessible to SUA students who have the signed request form. They may be checked out for 4 hours.

How do I get lists of videos or audio materials?

FAQ: Hardware & Facility

Can I view videos in the library?

Current SUA students and employees may use the TV and media player (VHS, DVD, and Blu ray) in the group study rooms on the 3rd floor to view media material. They can also borrow external DVD/CD drives and headphones for 2 days from the library, or 10 business days from the IT Helpdesk. The IT Helpdesk is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Do you have a microfilm reader?

There are two microfilm readers in the library. You will find one on the 1st floor printer room, and the other one is located on the 2nd floor. Please see a library staff at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.

What do I do if the printer is out of paper?

If the library is open you can ask a library staff member for help, but you are always free to add the paper yourself. There is paper in the cabinets in the 24 Hour Study Room copy room.

How do I log onto wireless?

"SUA-Wifi" is for the SUA students and employees, and "SUA-Guest" is for the visitors. Please contact the IT Help Desk at 949-480-4357 if you have any questions.

What do I do if it is too hot or too cold in the library?

You can submit a Facilities Request on the Portal. Look under the orange Services header in the upper right hand corner for the Facilities Create Work Request link. Choose Hot call or Cold call depending on the problem. A library staff member will be happy to telephone Facilities if you would like.

FAQ: Borrowing & Returning

Can you just tell me who has the book? 

Library staff follow strict privacy guidelines. We do not give out any information about our borrowers.

How many library items can I check out?

There is no limit to how many items you can check out. Please consider that you must return everything on time to avoid overdue fines.

What if I want an item that someone else has checked out?

A hold can be placed on a title that is checked out by another patron. To do this online, click the “Request” link on top of the specific title record in the library catalog. A hold request also may be made by contacting the library or in person at the Circulation Desk. Once the item is returned and ready for check out, you will receive an email notification. The item will be held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days, and after that, it will be shelved back on the stacks for others to use.

Where do I return books when the library is closed?

They can be returned from outside to a return box, located between the library front entrance and 24-hour room entrance.