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Āwhina Putumōhio - Catalogue help

Find out about search options, how to check your account online, save your borrowing history, limit results by branch location and more.

Quick start guide



More catalogue help

Want to dig down into the details? Have a browse of our in-depth documentation to find out about search options and shortcuts, saving a search, creating RSS feeds and more.

Catalogue help — Full documentation

How to locate items on the shelf?

If you're struggling to find items in our branches from their catalogue locations, we have some suggestions.

Key points

  • Fiction is shelved alphabetically under the author's surname.
  • Non-fiction is shelved by Dewey number.
  • Our Biographies section is arranged alphabetically by the subject's surname. Check the catalogue in case the biography you are after has a Dewey number — some are shelved with their Dewey Decimal subject number rather than placed in the Biographies section
  • There are separate Reference collections at every library. Catalogue records say 'Ref' at the beginning of an item's Call number, and 'Not for loan' under the Status.

Finding non-fiction — the Dewey Decimal system

We shelve our non-fiction books according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system, which uses numbers to represent subjects. Almost any subject you can think of has a corresponding Dewey number — from dinosaurs (567.91) to dessert recipes (641.86).

But it isn't there

Ask a staff member for assistance, sometimes a second pair of eyes helps — and we're always here to help!

Some things to check are:

  • Check the size in case it is 28 cm or over — this means we class it as a Large Book. Some of our locations shelve these separately — check with library staff if Large Books are shelved separately at your branch.
  • Check display shelves.
  • When was the book last returned? Staff can check to see when the item was last returned and retrieve it for you if it hasn't been shelved yet.