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Finding Books

Books available for students and faculty

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

Searching Primo for Books

To find print books and ebooks at CUAA Library, use the CUAA Everything Library Search

CUAA Primo search for birds


Click on books under Resource type.

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

Advanced search for title birds author roger tory peterson


To find only ebooks, choose Full text online from the filters.

Full text online filter in Primo


Locating Physical Books (Call Numbers)

Books in the CUAA Library are organized by subject according to 2 classification systems: Library of Congress (LC) and the Dewey Decimal System.

The Available at statement in Primo will list the library section (Main Stacks) and the book’s call number.

Main Stacks, Curriculum,  AV,  Reference: Library of Congress

In Primo:

LC2395.C65 1991

On the book spine:



Children’s Books: Dewey Decimal System

In Primo:

625.3 N277

On the book spine:


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.

Things to remember:

  • 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


Double Click Videos Below for Larger Versions

Downloading Ebsco Ebooks

Reading Ebsco Ebooks Online

Proquest Ebooks Use

Requesting CUAA Library Books

Students and faculty can request print books to be held at the circulation desk for pick on-campus or be mailed home (online students).

1. Click on the book title in the search results. On the book’s homepage in Primo, under Get IT, 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 for pickup.

Request link in Primo

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

  • Digitization requests are compliant with copyright law. Only small portions of books may be digitized and sent to students.
  • 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 via the Ask A Librarian Form.

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