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Books - Using the Library Catalog & Finding Books

What can you do with the Catalog?

Search the library collection for e-Books, multi-media, or print items available for loan or library use. If items are out on loan, you can see when they are due back.

Place a hold on an item, so that it is reserved for your use when it is returned - the library will inform you when it is available. Talk to a Reference Librarian or Circulation Staff Member, and a hold will be placed for you.

View your library record using your name and library card number to check the loans you currently have.

Norco College & RCCD Libraries - Catalog Search


Search by title, author (use the format of last name, first name) subject or keyword. If you’re looking for books on a topic, start looking by keyword.

Use the pull-down bar next to the search box to look specifically for items in our library.

Quick Tips:

Spelling is important! If you are unsure the spelling of something check it before you start your search.

 Use words and phrases that have similar meaning, like “capital punishment” and “death penalty”

Go broader on your subject and look at “prison systems”

Or -  Look at something more specific like “Lethal Injection” or “death row inmates”

Ways to Search

Select this button to perform a keyword search.

Use this type of search if you know who wrote the book(s) you need, or who directed, produced or starred in the video you need (examples: "King, Stephen" or "Twain, Mark").

Use this type of search if you know the title of your book or video
(examples: "Stranger in a Strange Land' - or - "Moll Flanders").

Use this type of search if you are looking for a book or video about something or someone. Note that the catalog may use different language to describe something (e.g. "substance abuse" vs. "drug addiction") so your better bet may be to search by keyword.

Course Material
Use this type of search if your instructor has told you that s/he has put materials "on reserve" in the Library - You can find them by either the course name (recommended method) or by the instructor's last name.


If you know the ISBN of a book, you can use this type of search to locate a book. Note that if the book is a different edition (but same title), it will not come up in your search.

Call Number
Use this type of search if you know what Library of Congress call number is on the book you need
(example: PS3561 I483 C9 1985).

Too many books to choose from? Try Using the LIMIT feature:

After executing a search, click on LIMIT THIS SEARCH (top & bottom of the screen) to bring up a search form with the available limiting options.

Limit your search results by:

Material type such as periodical, music score, or videocassette

Year or range of years of publication


Library locations

Words in the Author, Title, or Subject.