Books & Other Materials
The library provides a number of resources in a variety of formats. The library has a growing collection of over 119,850 items, including books, e-books, audio books, audio journals, CDROMs, music CDs, sheet music, kits, cassette tapes, videos, and DVDs. The library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which assigns a number to each field of knowledge. Knowledge is divided into 10 fields and further subdivided into 10 more fields and so on. It can really be helpful to know the Dewey Decimal Classification Number in your particular subject area, especially if you want to browse the shelves. The ten main divisions include:
- 000 Generalities
- 100 Philosophy & psychology
- 200 Religion
- 300 Social Sciences
- 400 Language
- 500 Natural sciences & mathematics
- 600 Technology (applied sciences)
- 700 Arts
- 800 Literature & rhetoric
- 900 Geography & history
The Library Catalog accesses the library’s holdings by author, title, subject, keyword, and phrase. You can remotely search the catalog through the Library Catalog link under the Find Books menu on the library home page.
The Theological Collection, commonly referred to as the Theology Room, is an open stack area of over 20,300 volumes located at the east end of the building.
Reference works are an excellent place to begin any research project. They include general and specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, yearbooks, atlases, biographical sources, concordances and biblical commentaries. All reference books have “R” above the call number.
Curriculum materials and juvenile books are collections of fiction and nonfiction books for children. They are located on the eastern wall in the Main Reading Room. Preschool and elementary level textbooks/curriculum have "X" above the call number. Secondary level textbooks/curriculum have "XX" above the call number. Preschool and elementary fiction and nonfiction have “J” above the call number while, middle school and secondary fiction and nonfiction have “YA”.
Atlases contain map and other geographical information. These are shelved under the south windows and have “Atlas” above the call number.
Periodicals provide a wealth of valuable, scholarly material not otherwise available in book form. Periodical research begins by using a periodical index to find the citation and then locating the full text. The library provides full text access, as well as abstract & indexing to over 40,000 periodical titles in over 80 research databases covering all the disciplines. The periodical collection is located in the Cayot Room. Over 360 print titles, current (160 current subscriptions) and back issues, covering all the disciplines are arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically. Periodical back issues accessed less frequently are shelved on the top shelves. A selection of current periodicals are displayed in the Main Reading Room.
The library subscribes to over 80 Research Databases. These selected databases are available from any Internet accessible computer and include indexing and full-text to magazines, journals, newspapers, e-reference, music, etc. 90,000 e-books are also available. Help using the Databases is available under Search Tools | Research Guides. Access these databases using your SDCC or SCS network account UserID/password.
The computer in the Theology Room has Logos Scholar’s Library and BibleWorks7 loaded on it for student use. Every computer in the library has a copy of e-sword.
Audio Visual (AV) Collection
The AV Collection contains over 1,000 items and includes art prints, charts, posters, CDs, discs, kits, cassette tapes, and videos (VHS & DVD). The library’s listening/viewing station for VHS and DVDs is located in the study carrels.
Books that are too large to fit in the regular stacks are considered oversize. These are shelved under the south windows. Folio (large) sized books have “f” over the call number. Elephant Folio (extra large) sized books have “fe”.
Audio Book & Journal Collection
The library has a collection of over 100 Christian audio books and audio journal issues for students and faculty who enjoy listening to books and journals or commute to campus.