Chester Fritz Library Research How Tos

Provides information on library research

Finding Books

This section of the guide gives general information on how to locate books we own:
  • Book Search with the online public access catalog
  • Record the location and call number (e.g. Floor 3 TA159.L5733 2011)
  • You will go to the bookshelves (we call them "stacks") to retrieve it
  • picture of result screenRead the shelves from left to right
  • Match the call number (it's unique to each book)
  • Check-out the item (bring your UND ID)
  • Ask for a renewal if you need it longer

Student library workers often are in the stacks, ask them for help or Ask Us

Book Search Tools

To get books we do not own use Interlibrary Loan. Contact us if you need more help.

Book Locations

Books are located in the following areas of the Chester Fritz Library:

3rd floor of the Chester Fritz Library

Call Number / Location Subjects
H - N General Stacks Business, Sociology, Political Science, Law, Education, Music, Fine Arts
P - Z General Stacks Languages, Literature, Science, Technology, Bibliography
A - Z Oversize All subjects, larger than regular books
Popular Reading Best sellers and other popular topics
DVDs Popular and academic movies on Blu-ray and DVD, including foreign films
Games Board and card games available for 2-day checkout

4th floor of the Chester Fritz Library

Call Number / Location Subjects
A - G General Stacks Philosophy, Religion, History, Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
A - Z Special Collections Focus on North Dakota / UND Topics and Authors
Dewey Fiction & Nonfiction All subjects, children's literature

2nd floor of the Chester Fritz Library

Location Subjects
Reference Covers all subjects. See Credo Reference for online resources

Check Out Books

Things to remember when your wanted item is checked out (or the item you have checked out is wanted by others):

Bring your UND ID, it's your library card

Placing Holds

Did you know that you can place holds on books, DVDs, and more at the library? You can use a hold for two different purposes, but the process is the same for each. You can use a hold to:
  • Reserve an item that's currently checked out. This won't recall it from the person who has it checked out, but it will ensure that you are the next person who gets it -- it will even send you an email notification when the book is available!
  • Request an available item for quick and easy pick-up at the library. Do you have a busy work schedule, or did you find the perfect resource from home outside of library hours? No problem! Just place a hold on the available item(s) in the library, and you will receive an email when your hold is available for pick-up at the circulation desk.
  • Talk directly with the Circulation staff (701.777.4644) of you need assistance or have a rush request.
Once you've signed in to your library account and found a book, DVD, or other item that you want to reserve, click on it and then select "Get It" on the screen that pops up.

After clicking the "Get It" select "Hold," and a hold request menu will appear. Change your "Last interest date," if necessary, then click "Send Request." Now you're done! Be sure to watch your UND email for a notification that your request is available to pick up. 


To renew items that you have checked out, first sign into your account on the library homepage using your UND credentials. Then, click on your account in the top right corner of the screen and select "My Loans" from the dropdown menu. 

From there, you will see a list of all of your active loans, their due dates, and whether each item is eligible for renewal.

To renew all eligible materials, simply click the "Renew All" button in the top right corner of the box. For individual items, click "Renew" next to each item of which you would to extend its due date.

Book Reviews

How To Limit Library Search Results to Reviews:

  1. Using the title of the book, select the Articles drop down menu option in Library Search
  2. On the left, under the bold heading Refine My Results, you can refine your search. Select More options under Resource Type and choose Book Review.
  3. You can further narrow your search by topic, author, and publication year.