Can’t Find It in the Library? Map It!

There’s an old joke about an out-of-town traveler who got lost in the back woods of Maine. The frustrated traveler noticed a farmer at work by the road and pulled over to ask for directions. The farmer pondered for a moment, then slowly shook his head and said, “Well, you can’t get there from here.”

This is an all-too familiar scenario for Georgetown Law students who have gone hunting for books in remote corners of our two library locations. The library has over half a million print volumes spread out over 100,000 feet of shelves across seven floors and two buildings. Locating a book by its call number can be a challenge for even the most dedicated library dweller.

Our new Map It service, however, allows you to pinpoint a book’s location straight from the catalog. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you’re viewing an item.

Catalog record with Map It button

The gray button will show the precise location for the item. Click it to highlight the shelf on the map for that floor.

Shelf highlighted on library map

Shelf information window

Tip: Click on a shelf to view its call numbers and subject information, if available

The Map It option is available for most of the library’s books, but don’t worry if it doesn’t appear. The system may have had trouble reading the call number and matching it to a shelf. You are always welcome to ask for directions at the circulation or reference desks. (Library staff are much more helpful than the legendary Maine farmer.)

Finally, please note that we’re beta testing the Map It service. We think it’s useful, which is why we’re sharing it now. But there may be some kinks to work out. Please let us know if you run into any problems or if you have any questions. There’s a feedback form below every map, and you can also submit comments via our online suggestion box.

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