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How Do I...?: Books


Lipscomb Library houses hundreds of thousands of print books. We also provide access to ebooks through our database subscriptions. Below, learn how to find a book using the library catalog, and see some options for finding ebooks.

eBook Collections

The library catalog can be used to search for physical books in the library's holdings. To locate e-books, use the search options below:

Using the Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to find books owned by our library. On the library homepage, select the "Library Catalog" tab of the search box (pictured below). Search by title, author, or keyword.

The results will show books from both our collection and the collection of Sweet Briar College. Randolph and Sweet Briar share physical collections, meaning students from both institutions can check out books from either library using a student ID card. Limit the results to filter out Sweet Briar's holdings on the left-hand side.


Click on the book you want to check out and scroll down to find the call number (or "shelf number"). 

Write down the call number or take a picture of it, and check which floor the number is on: 
First Floor: 000-349
Second Floor: 350-819
Third Floor: 820-999
Fourth (Main) Floor: Reference (call numbers start with "R")

This information is also posted next to the elevator on each floor of the library.