Locating Items in the Library

Consult our Call Numbers & Book Locations.

  • American legal materials and related topics are located in the Williams Law Library. Bound journals and microformats are on the first floor.
  • International and foreign materials with related subjects are located in the Wolff Library. Foreign jurisdictions, bound journals & microformats are on the upper level.
  • Most call numbers on our library materials appear like this:
WMS The first line indicates which library holds the item. WMS for Williams, INTL for Wolff.
KF245 Look for shelves with KF, then look for 245.
.U5 Within KF245, look for U5.
2000 The last line is usually, but not always, the publication year.

"In Process" Items

If you find an item in the catalog that is "in process," go to either reference desk and request that the item be rush processed.  The item can usually be made available within 24 hours.

Missing Item Searches

Can't find the book on the shelf?  Go into the online catalog, search for the book title and confirm the location, call number and status. If the book is listed as "Williams Stacks" or "INTL" with a status of "available" and you can't locate the item in the stacks submit a missing book search request. You may submit the form to either circulation desk or you may complete the online form. The Library staff will search for the item over the next few weeks and will let you know via email if we find it. In the meantime, you should request the title from Interlibary Loan. Please contact either circulation desk for items that have a status of "recently returned" or if you have any questions about the location of an item.

Historic Core

Superseded federal, state and international codes are located in Williams' closed Historic Core on the first floor. Ask for assistance at Williams Reference or Circulation Desk for access.