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Surgical Technology Program Guide

General purpose guide with resources to support Surgical Technology program and courses

Understanding Library Organization at Western

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!

For more information about navigating the library collection to find books and articles, use the guide below.

Library of Congress Subject Categories

  • Subclass R – Medicine (General).
  • Subclass RC – Internal Medicine
  • Subclass RD – Surgery
  • Subclass RM – Therapeutics. Pharmacology.
  • Subclass – 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

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