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Finding Books

What is available?

  • CUAA print books and ebooks in Primo
  • Print books & digital chapters via Inter-library loan in 3-14 business days (On-campus only)

Find Books

  1. Search for your topic or book title in the Primo Search
CUAA Primo search for birds

2. Click on books under Resource type.

3. To search for a specific title or author, use the Advanced search

Advanced search for title birds author roger tory peterson

To limit your results to ebooks, choose Full text online from the filters.

Full text online filter in Primo

Find Print Books (Call Numbers)

Books in the CUAA Library are organized by subject by call numbers.

Reading Call Numbers

LC call numbers
Dewey Decimal Call numbers

CUAA Library Ebooks

To limit your search to Ebooks, choose Full Text Online under Availability.

Ebooks will always say Online Access in green text.

Using Ebooks

  • Sign-in to Primo with Portal to access some Ebooks.
  • Most Ebooks can be read in most browsers.
  • To download some Ebooks, you must create a free account with Ebook Central. Sometimes you will be prompted to “checkout” the book.
  • Ebook Central limits the number of pages downloaded at one time.
  • For mobile devices: use free app Bluefire Reader
  • For PC or Mac computers: use Adobe Digital Editions software

Resources from the Vender:

Ebook Central Help Guide

eBook Academic Collection Help Guide

Request CUAA Books

Students and faculty can request to pick up print books at the circulation desk or be mailed home (online students).

1. Click on the book title in the search results.

2. On the book’s page, Click Request to get the whole book. If the book is checked out (0 available), then requesting the item will add your name to a list. You will receive a CUAA email when the book is ready to pickup.

Request link in Primo

2. On the request form, either choose CUAA or Home Address (online students only) for Pickup Location.

Book Request form in Primo

3. To request a chapter via email, Select the digitization option:

Digitization requestion link in Primo 

4. List the chapter or page range under part to digitize:Get chapter request form 

Things to remember:

  • Only small portions of books may be digitized. Digitization requests are compliant with copyright law.
  • Online students pay return postage for books mailed home.

Request Books the Library Doesn’t Own

Every year CUAA Library sets aside funds to request books students and faculty need the library does not have. If you have searched Primo and Google Books, and still can’t find the book, submit an Inter-library Loan Request.

Be sure to include the book’s title, author/s, year, ISBN and publisher.  Send the full citation of the book if possible.

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