How to Find Books

You have access to materials at the Hartness Library, as well as other Vermont State College libraries. Use the library catalog to access these materials.

Click on the Find Books & Videos tab and select "Search the Catalog."

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Keyword Searching

Type in a basic keyword on your topic. You will get a list of items that include the word that you have searched somewhere in the record. For example, it could be part of the title, publisher, etc.

keyword search

In this case, since the keyword does not appear in the title, clicking on the "Details" button will provide more information.


You can see that a two of the assigned subjects for this book that include the word England; that is why this book is in the results list.

keywords in subject

Subject Searching

A subject search will produce a list of official Subject Headings in alphabetical order, starting with the best match to your subject term.

subject search

Click on the link to see items with that subject heading. Review the information to see if it is relevant to your search.


Requesting Items

Hartness Library materials are located at Vermont Tech's Randolph Center, Williston, Bennington, or Brattleboro academic sites. Materials with the location of "Stacks" or "New Books" are at the Randolph Center library. Requests for library materials in any Vermont State College library collection, including all Hartness Library collections, can be made through the library catalog.

  1. After locating an item in the library catalog, click on the "Details" button to check the item's location and availability. If an item is not available at your location, simply use the "Place Request" button from within the item's catalog record. Use your VSC Web Services (Moodle) ID and password to log in.

  2. Verify your address and contact information and submit the request form by clicking "Submit."
  3. You will get a message indicating that "Your request has been successfully submitted." Once the item has been sent to you, it will show up in your library account, which you can access by clicking on the "My Account" button in the library catalog. This is also how you can renew materials online.

Learn more about how to borrow materials from Hartness Library collections and VSC libraries.

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