Catalog – how to get books

The library catalog contains records for all of the library’s print books, DVDs, e-books (most) and audiobooks.  Skills with our library catalog help you…

  • search for print books from the library’s collection.
  • identify and check out e-books and audiobooks.
  • place a print book on hold so you will be in the queue to check it out (Search for the book, then click “hold.”)
  • check your library account under “My Stuff” to see what books you have currently “checked out” and the dates they are due.
  • easily renew books before they are overdue.
  • access the library’s book recommendations by using the “collections.” They are lists of book recommendations. Many are award winners in categories like favorite books for middle schoolers in certain genres and themes and topics of interest.
  • Explore the “details” of a book’s catalog record to obtain a citation for your bibliography.


Study these visuals and How To’s:

Log in to the catalog with APS MyAccess Credentials. Use the Collections button to access recommended reading lists across genres. The Magnifying glass is used to conduct a search. Explore the "Learning Resources" at the library's web pages. Find book check outs and due dates under "My Stuff."


Notice in your search results…

The title may be available in a variety of formats. Find hints about the format as pictured below.


Picture of catalog record for an e-book. E-books with text have an “e” on the overlap. Audiobooks have a “speaker icon”. Digital resources have EB at the end of the call number. Or, some say [Fic] or [###]. If the overlap is green, you’ll use your Destiny Discover app. If it is blue, use your MackinVia app. Red means it’s checked out by another patron.


Where in our library…

To find a book in the right sublocation on our shelves, it helps to understand its “address” is in the “call number” which gets printed on the material’s spine label.

The beginning part of the call number hints at the sublocationFiction, Biography, E for “Everybody/ Picture Book” or if you see a Dewey Decimal number the book is in the Nonfiction section of our library.

The bottom part of a spine label might further clarify.  If there is a GN on the end, it’s a graphic novel. A QP denotes “Quick Pick” section. DVD‘s are in their own section. If there’s an EB, it is an audiobook or e-book that your computer will help you access. Books in Spanish have a SPA at the end.

Other letters after the top row tell you where to look alphabetically in that subsection of the library. A variety of spine labels in white below help you to quiz yourself:Picture showing spine labels numbered 1-8 that represent the coding for the sublocations within a library including 1: F Alc, 2: B Kin; 3: F Kor QP, 4: E Pet, 5: SC Kra; 6: 973.6 Law; 7: each with GN at the bottom, and 8: each with EB on the bottom.

H-B’s library does not group books of the same genre together the way some APS elementary and middle School libraries have them for easy browsing among selected genres. Instead, find all of our different genres of novels mixed together and arranged alphabetically by author in one large Fiction section, shown in yellow on our library map.

(If the call number is in brackets like  [Fic] or [###] it is a digital resource instead of something physical on our shelves)

Our library map below:

…teaches you where the sublocations of the library collection; all the spine labels in each sections look alike to house the books in alphabetical or numerical order according to the call number.

If you are looking for a fiction book by a particular author, go to that author’s last name in the yellow section for browsing. You’ll probably find it there, but use the catalog if you need to be sure.

Sublocations that correspond to library call numbers are labeled to show order of books on shelves.
Heights Library Sublocations. Graphic Novels, for example, are in the PURPLE section.