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Library Vocabulary

Here are some important parts and concepts of the library:

Reference Desk:  Where you get help finding information or doing research.

Circulation Desk: Where you get a library card, check items out, and return them.

Media Shelves: Where we keep our videos, DVDs, CDs, and recorded books.

Reference Collection: Where we keep encyclopedias & dictionaries.

Stacks: Where most of the books in our library are located.

Call Numbers: Indicates where a book is located on the shelf.

Periodicals: Another word for magazines, journals, and newspapers.

SHARE Catalog: Use this to look up books at Lake Land.

Library Databases: Use these to look up magazine articles.


Tools for Finding Information

In the library, there are two main tools we use to find information. 

Library Catalogs are what we use to find books, videos, CDs, and any other physical item that sits on our shelves. They don't provide the actual information itself, but just point to something that the library physically owns.  Lake Land College Library uses a catalog called SHARE.  This catalog is used by the entire Illinois Heartland Library System, and includes more than 400 libraries in Illinois. 

Library Databases make up the library's online resources. On a web page, they give you the full-text of articles from published magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books.    


Library in Pictures

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