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HOW TO USE THE CATALOG
Search for a book
search for books and journals using library’s computer catalog. Library of the
Lodz University of Technology uses library system
called Symphony from Sirsi Dynix. That's how the
main window of out catalog looks like:
Unfortunatelly this system doesn't work well for
English-speaking students - some of the parts are not
translated and it can be difficult to get the
information about searched materials - so it's always
better to ask the librarian for help.
start from „Quick Search” - just type words
or phrases to get results. You can easily
limit the search results to specific author, title,
subject, series or periodical title using drop-down
option is "Power search". Here you can limit
your search using various criteria, including
You can search TU of Lodz Library Catalogue without
logging in, but ordering
books and checking your account demands logging in.
login to the Library Catalogue?
Login: "numer albumu"
from your electronic Student ID preceded by capital
letters "PL" (eg: "PL123456")
PIN: 5 last
digits from PESEL number from your electronic Student
ID (in most cases there are zeros)
Here's an algorithm for searching for the book in the
computer catalog and on the shelves:
Look on the list of the items and check if they
are in the main library - under the "Holdings"
Check the field "CopyMaterial" - if it
says "PŁ_Księg. wypożyczany" - the book can
be borrow. If it says otherwise - the book can be
use (read, scan, copy etc.) only in the library -
you cannot borrow it.
Check the field "Location" - if you see
the information "Due: 9/3/2016" or any
other date, that means that this particular book
is already borrowed. But when you see sign "PŁ_Wolny
dostęp" that means that the book is on the
shelf and you can go to the library and you have
free access to it.
Now combining the information from "CopyMaterial"
and "Location" field you will know if the
book you've searched can be borrowed. If it says "PŁ_Księg.
wypożyczany" in the "CopyMaterial"
field and "PŁ_Wolny dostęp" in the "Location"
field - you can get it - borrow on your account.
Remember the sign under the "Holdings"
name, in the first column of the items list
- it should be some numbers followed by
letters. Without those you will not be able to
locate book in the library.
Look below - in the example the sign is 1/17
ZIMBAR - numbers refer to the area of
knowledge (exactly to the specific class of the
Universal Decimal Classification), to the
particular bookstand (or bookstands) concerning
books on that specific field of knowledge. So now
you will have to locate bookstands with 1/17
number on it. In this example you will have to
go to the first floor, where are books with signs
from 001/003 to 621.9. On the second floor are
books with numbers from 622/623 to 93/94.
After you locate the bookstand, you can search
for desired books - within the branch/UDC class
they are arranged in the alphabetical order. So
now you need the second part of the sign from the
item information. That part - six letters - refer
to the beginning of the author's name or the
book's title. In the example it was ZIMBAR.
Considering the example below, on the bookstand
with number 1/17 under ZIMBAR there
should be two books, one which can only be use in
the library (this one will have a red sticker on
it) and the second one you will be able to borrow.
And here's an example of another book:
The title is "Experimental knowledge versus
theoretical model". You can see that there are
two items in the main library, both accessible
from the shelf. One can be borrowed, the second
one is on-site only.
Write down the sign describing the book's
signature - in this case it is 620.2/.3
WORKSH. That indicates that this book can
be found on the bookstand marked with 620.2/.3 -
it's UDC class that indicates material sciences
Next step is to find the right bookstand. In this
case it's on the first floor in the back book
depository. You can always ask the librarian to
show you where to find books from an area of
knowledge you are interested in.
Next step it to find book on the shelf - you
have to look under the letter W (WORKSH). As you
can see in the item information, there is no
single author - book contains conference
preceedings from TUL-ENTPE Workshop - that's why
it's standing under WORKSHOP. You can see two
items on the shelf - one with red sticker - this
book is on-site only, and the other one that can