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New Student Information About Webster University Library

Stuff you need to know about the library. This will make your research easier and your life better.

What happened to the Dewey Decimal System?

So in high school and at the public library, you use the Dewey Decimal System to find books. You write down some numbers and your book is on the shelf where the numbers are.

Here at Webster University Library, we use the Library of Congress classification system. It has both letters and numbers, so it looks a little different. Most universities use this system because it's easier to find the type of books universities collect. Here's a great link that helps you read Library of Congress call numbers (the numbers on the side of the book that help you find that book on the shelf).

We have fun stuff too...

We have TONS of awesome stuff on DVD and Blu-Ray - Movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more. From The Simpsons to Spirited Away, we've got you covered! Check out our DVD/Blu-Ray collection on the 1st floor. Also, we have lots of online video that you can watch from home - head over to this page for more info.

And while you're on the first floor, out our collection of video games - we have games from the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era to present, including titles for PS4 and Xbox One that you can take home!

You have questions, we have answers

  • The librarians at the research desk on the second floor at the top of the stairs are here to help. It's our job to help with your research, teach you how to use the databases and much more. And we love our job!
  • Asking us questions about how to find information, either in person, on the phone, on chat, or by email, is not cheating. It's being smart about time management and research. You'll save yourself lots of time by asking us to help you.
  • Some examples of things you can ask us: I have an idea for a topic, but I'm not sure where to start looking for information. I need two scholarly articles about this topic, but I'm not sure what that means or where to find them.