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How to Find a Book

How to use the MATC Library's online catalog.

Library Hours During RNC Week

The Downtown Milwaukee Campus will be closed beginning Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, July 20, when the Republican National Convention is taking place. 

The Oak Creek and Mequon Campus Libraries will remain open. West Allis Campus Library will be closed Friday 7/12 and 7/19, due to construction, and relocated to the Academic Support Center, Rm 249, Monday 7/15 - Thursday 7/18.

As a result, there may be delays in picking up items with holds. Check your MATC email for confirmation that your items are ready to be picked up. Hours vary at each location so see our Library Hours page for the most up to date information.

Finding Books & Videos: Watch the Slideshow

Step 1: Enter Your Search Terms

Begin by going to the library homepage at You can search for everything the Library has access to, in One Search, by entering your search terms in the Search Everything box and clicking on Find it!

Screenshot of One Search, search box

Step 2: Limit and View Results

Your search includes everything the Library owns, but you can limit to books and videos by clicking the "Catalog Only" limiters or filters, on the left sidebar. You can also limit by a particular campus. (See left sidebar in screenshot below)

Please note the following in the results column:

1. Location: indicates which campus owns that particular book. If the book you want is at another campus, you can easily request it, and choose to pick it up at one of our other MATC campus libraries.

2. Call No: call number indicates where on the shelf the book is located. You can text this call number to your phone now instead of writing it down. Books are arranged by subject, so once you find a book, browse the books next to it on the shelf to find other books on the same subject.  

3. Status: indicates if the book is checked out or not. The book record will appear in green if it is available and red if it's not.

  • AVAILABLE - the book is on the shelf and can be checked out.
  • LIB USE ONLY - the book can only be used in the library.
  • DUE - the book is checked out and the due date is shown. You can put a hold on it by requesting it, so you are the next one in line once the book is returned.
  • ON HOLDSHELF -  the book was requested and is waiting for pickup on the hold shelf.

screenshot of book location


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