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Math 301: Online Library Orientation: Find A Book

Course guide for Math 301.

Things to Know

Getting & returning library materials

  • Books from Foley Library's General Collection are checked out to undergraduate students for four weeks. A book may be renewed two times, unless someone else has requested it.
  • Interlibrary loan books have due dates set by the lending library. Renewals are possible, but not guaranteed.
  • If you live 35+ miles from campus and are enrolled in an online program, books you request from the library's collection will be automatically checked out and mailed to you.  You are responsible for return postage for books mailed to your home.
  • If you are coming to Spokane, we can hold materials here until you arrive. Just let us know when you will be on campus by sending an e-mail to
  • Library policies regarding lost/damaged book replacement charges apply to all library users.
  • Overdue on arrival? It happens sometimes. If a library book arrives on your doorstep and it's already past the due date, notify us immediately at We'll give you additional time with the book.

Getting Books, eBooks, and Textbooks from Foley

If you are looking for a particular book, the fastest way to find it is with a title browse search.

1. On the library homepage, select Browse Search.

Image of the Foley search box with the "Browse Search" button circled

2. Select a List to Browse from the drop down menu, select Title.

3. Type the beginning of the title of the book and hit enter.

A browse search is not quite like a normal search. It will pull up the exact result and anything near it alphabetically in the browse list. What it won't do is show you search results that are close to, but not quite, what you searched for. The best method for finding a title is to type the first three or four words of the title exactly and see what comes up.

A note about articles (the grammar kind, not the journal kind!):

If your title starts with A, AN, or THE, leave the article off and start with the next word. For instance, instead of The Lord of the Rings search for Lord of the Rings.

THIS and THAT are always included in the title, i.e. That Hideous Strength would be found by searching for That Hideous Strength, not Hideous Strength.

On campus returns:
  • Books can be dropped off at the circulation desk, the book drop inside or outside the building, or the return box in the basement of College Hall.
Mailing books for distance learners:
  • If you are unable to come to campus, you are responsible for return postage.
  • Package books to avoid damage - If you received the book via mail, use the same box or envelope they came in if it's in good condition.
  • If the book you are returning is an ILL and the due date is close, send an email to to let us know the books are on their way.
  • If you know you will be coming to campus and would prefer to return the books at that time, let us know:
  • A yellow return address label is included when we send the books to you. You can also print the label provided here.

Finding eBooks at Foley Library

  • Search for a book title or keyword from the main "Books and More" search box on the Foley Homepage
  • On the right hand navigation in your results select Availability > Full Text Online  and select Format > Book

LC Call Numbers: Mathematics

If you're inclined and able, you can visit the Foley Library and browse the stacks in addition to searching the catalog by using the Library of Congress call number system. Just head to the 3rd floor and look for the QA section to get started.

QA1-939: Mathematics

  • QA1-43: General
  • QA47-59: Tables
  • QA71-90: Instruments and machines
    • QA75-76.95: Calculating machines
    • QA75.5-76.95: Electronic computers, computer science
      • QA76.75-76.765: Computer software
  • QA101-145: Elementary mathematics, arithmetic
  • QA150-272.5: Algebra
  • QA273-280: Probabilities, mathematical statistics
  • QA299.6-433: Analysis
  • QA440-699: Geometry, Trigonometry, Topology
  • QA801-939: Analytic mechanics.

Getting Books from Other Libraries

When to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

  • Foley Library doesn't have a book you need for your research
  • Foley Library can't supply an article you need and you have already checked for the journal/issue/date in Periodicals@Foley.
  • You are a faculty member or graduate student and the article you need is in the print collection in the library.

To Request Books From Other Libraries:

  • Go to the library homepage
  • Select WorldCat and search for the item(s).
  • Use the Request via Interlibrary Loan option within a book's record to place a request.

Interlibrary Loan link in a WorldCat Record

ILL Facts and Tips

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME - Ordering a book through Interlibrary Loan is not an option for "last minute" research. The lending library mails the book to Foley Library and then we check it out to you. That takes time.

BE VERY SELECTIVE - Please limit your interlibrary loan requests to items you can truly use in your research. The library is happy to provide this service free of charge to current students, but it can be expensive for us, so please use it judiciously. 

LENDING LIBRARIES CALL THE SHOTS - Books we get for you through interlibrary loan (ILL) are subject to the policies of the lending institution.  While most ILL books come with a 4-week loan period, the loan periods may be shorter and renewals are always at the discretion of the lending library. Please give "ILL books" your immediate attention when they arrive so you will be prepared to return them on time.  Overdue charges and lost/damaged fees do apply.

IF A BOOK ARRIVES IN THE MAIL ON (OR AFTER) THE DUE DATE -  This does happen on occasion. Contact us immediately if it happens to you! We will renew the book and do our best to get you more time from the lending library.  Phone numbers: 509-313-3824 / 800-498-5941 or e-mail


Other E-book Resources

You can also manually search our eBook databases:

Find Open Textbooks Online

The Open Education Resource (OER) movement aims to develop high-quality textbooks and other educational tools that can be used by anyone free of charge and without onerous copyright limitations. Take a look at these sources to get started.