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Search for a book

You can 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.

You can 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 list.

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Other option is "Power search". Here you can limit your search using various criteria, including language.

Power Search in Library's catalog

You can search TU of Lodz Library Catalogue without logging in, but ordering books and checking your account demands logging in.

How to 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)

Search instruction

Here's an algorithm for searching for the book in the computer catalog and on the shelves:

    1. Look on the list of the items and check if they are in the main library - under the "Holdings" field.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 and nanotechnology.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 be borrowed.


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