Books & E-Books

How To Find Books

Ask a Librarian if you have questions about your topic. We are happy to help.

Decide which catalog to search.

  • UNH Library catalog searches Durham and Manchester
  • Worldcat catalog searches UNH and libraries worldwide

Search Tips

  • Use keyword search to find books on a topic.
  • Use title search when looking for a specific item.
  • Use author search when looking for books by a person or organization; for a person, enter last name first.
  • Use advanced search to narrow your results.
  • Use keywords and subject terms from your results to improve your search.
  • Use broader terms if you are not getting results.

Example of catalog record

Location Call Number Status
Dimond - Level 5 E468.7 .B64 1999 AVAILABLE
Archives 378 N5Mf B6938s NON CIRC
Manchester Oversize E468.7 .B64 1999 AVAILABLE

Catalog Tip

We use the Library of Congress Classification to organize our collection. Learn more about how to use this system in our Call Numbers guide.

We have more than one library location. Check library locations to find the one you need.

Location Tips

  • You may want to browse nearby books on the shelf; they are often on the same subject.
  • If the book is not on the shelf, try checking the waiting shelves (adjacent to the public restrooms on Levels 1, 2, 4, and 5) in Dimond Library or at the service desks of any of the Branch Library locations.
  • Oversize and juvenile books have special sections on floors 4 and 5 in the stacks.

Check books out at the Information Desk in Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor) or at the branch library service desk. You will need your UNH Library card.

Additional Information

If the book is in Storage

Click on the Request icon at the top or bottom of the catalog page. It will be sent to Dimond Library for pick up at the Information Desk.

If the book is checked out

The catalog will indicate the due date. To get the book, you can

  • Request it through BLC Worldcat; books often arrive within 2-5 days
    Note: this service is available only to UNH students, faculty, and staff
  • Recall the checked-out book

If UNH does not have the item you need

You can request books through BLC Worldcat or Interlibrary Loan. You may also recommend that we purchase a book for our collection.


Your search results from any of the library’s catalogs may include links to e-books (electronic books). Note that the most recent edition or relevant book on your topic may not be an e-book.

Searching for E-Books

Use the UNH Library catalog for best results when searching for e-books. The Books & Media Worldwide search option does not include links to all e-books to which UNH has access.

E-Book Collections

You can also search or browse individual e-book collections owned by the UNH Library.

Viewing E-Books

Generally e-books can be viewed online if you are on the UNH campus network or from off campus (for UNH students, faculty, and staff). Some e-books may require log in with your UNH IT ID username and password even when on the campus network.

You will only be able to view e-books that are licensed at UNH (not to other libraries) or that are open access.

E-Book Features

Features such as searching within a book, copying, printing, annotating, etc. vary depending on the e-book website. In most cases, the amount of an e-book that you may print or copy is limited by the publisher or vendor.

Downloading E-Books

The ability to download e-books to your personal computer or tablet varies by publisher, e-book website, and available format. Borrowing periods for downloaded e-books, as well as the ability to "return" or release e-books early also vary by publisher and website.