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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Guide

General purpose guide with resources and research tips pertaining to physical therapist assistant program and courses

Western's Library Collection

What does the library have?

While Western's library contains primarily digital resources, we also have a varied collection of books in print. These materials are selected by librarians to support the programs, courses, faculty, and students at Western. Our collection contains nonfiction materials to support the curriculum and a high-interest pleasure reading collection.

How library organization works...

Western's library collection is organized in a specific way so that users can easily and quickly locate the books they need and want. It's designed both for browsing (when you don't know what you want) and for quickly locating specific items (when you know exactly what you want).

How is Western's library collection organized?

Western, like many other college libraries, uses the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System to organize library materials by subject. The call number of a book is like the book’s address, providing valuable information about where to find the book within the library collection.

How do I find what I'm looking for?

You can use the library catalog to find the call number of a specific book. You can also use the catalog to search by subject or topic or use the list below to help you find books at Western related to your program and subject area.

But what if I need help?

If you need assistance, just ask a librarian! We can help you with searching the catalog, checking out or renewing your books, finding alternative sources if you can't find what you need, or requesting a book from another library via interlibrary loan.

Looking for more information about navigating the library collection to find books and articles?

Library of Congress Subject Categories

  • Class R – Medicine (General).
  • Subclass RM – Therapeutics & Pharmacology
  • RM 698 - 893 – Physical Therapy
  • RM 733 - 735 – Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation
  • Class – Science (General).
  • Subclass QM – Human Anatomy.

Books Available in the Learning Commons

Below, you will find a sample of books available at the Western Learning Commons. 

Want to search for a specific book? Search the Western library catalog!

Need a book that Western doesn't have? Western students and staff have access to interlibrary loan, which allows us to borrow books and materials from other libraries. Please reach out to with any questions or to place your request

Have a purchase suggestion or request? We welcome and will gladly consider your suggestions! Please reach out to

Digital Book Collections (eBooks)

Does the library have digital books available?

YES! In addition to our collection of print books, Western students and staff have access to an extensive collection of digital books.

Where can I find ebooks and audiobooks?

Search the library catalog (linked above) and limit by the desired format or search directly in the collections linked below.

Open Ebooks and Open Educational Resources for Physical Therapy

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