Find Books

Finding Books

Getting Started

The Library's Catalog is the best place to begin your search for books. The Catalog contains all books owned by the Library, including those in our Special Collections and Archives.

The Library Catalog defaults to a Keyword Search, which searches for terms in a book’s title, author, subject, table of contents and notes. This search is a good place to begin if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

To narrow down your search or to find a book you know the Library owns, try the Catalog's Advanced Search option.

Once you've found a book in the Catalog, note its location, call number and status. If the status of the book is "Not Charged," it will be on the shelf. The location indicates the physical location of the book in the library, while the call number helps you to locate the book on a particular shelf. For more information about finding books in the library, please see our Locating Books with an LC Call Number how-to guide or use our interactive Subject Map.

For advice on finding books within a particular subject, try using one of our Subject Guides or get in touch with a librarian. We're here to help!


Books from Other Libraries

If you can't find the books you need within the Library's Catalog, you can search for items at other libraries and we will have them delivered to Skidmore for you. This service is managed by the Library's Interlibrary Loan Department.

Start by searching the ConnectNY Catalog. This catalog contains the holdings of 18 academic libraries in New York State - a total of 5 million items. Books requested via ConnectNY arrive at Skidmore in 2 to 3 days.

To expand your search, use WorldCat, which includes items from over 10,000 libraries worldwide.

For more information about requesting books from other libraries, please see our Interlibrary Loan page.

If you have trouble finding articles for your paper, don't hesitate to get in touch with a librarian. We're here to help you find what you need!


Ebooks

The Library provides access to over 250,000 ebooks. Many, but not all, of these titles are included in the Library’s Catalog. To search all available ebooks, try our Ebooks Search.

The ability to download an ebook to a tablet, phone or computer – and the process for doing so – varies depending on the device and the ebook provider. Instructions for specific devices can be found in our Ebooks Help Guide.

Ebook Collections

ACLS Humanities E-books

ConnectNY Ebook Library

Credo Reference

Early English Books Online

EBSCO eBook Collection

Gerritsen Collection Women's History Online, 1543-1945

HathiTrust Digital Library

Open Library

Oxford Reference

Oxford Scholarship Online - Classical Studies

Oxford Scholarship Online - Philosophy

Oxford Scholarship Online - Political Science

Oxford Scholarship Online - Social Work

Project Gutenberg

PsycBooks

Springer eBook Collection

Women Writers Online

 

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