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Introduction to Library Materials

Library Materials

Many useful resources are available in the College of the Redwoods Library, including books, reference books, Ebooks, and videos. Additional resources may be available at the Del Norte or Humboldt County Libraries and Humboldt State University Library. Visit those libraries' websites to search their catalogs. Use OneSearch to find books and other resources about your topic in the CR library and selected, college-level resources on the web.

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Note: Even though we are closed for most in-person use during Spring 2021, print books can still be checked out by calling the library at 707-476-4260 to request the book(s) you want.  Requested items can either be picked up in person by arrangement or they can be mailed to your house. 

Call Numbers

College of the Redwoods Library Call Numbers

Books in College of the Redwoods library are filed by the Library of Congress system that uses letter-number combinations assigned by subject, so that most books about the same subject will be filed together on the shelf. HSU Library uses this same system, and so do most colleges and universities in the United States. Browse the titles on the shelf in the sections listed below for (name of) program research topics. 

  • CC Archaeology
  • E   Indians of North America
  • GN General Anthropology
  • QH Anatomy/ Genetics
  • QL Primates

Humboldt County Library Call Numbers

Most County, or public libraries in the United States will use the Dewey Decimal system, which uses numbers, and each number section represents a subject, so that books about the same subject are filed together on the shelf. Below are listed some number sections that are relevant to topics in (name of) program. Remember to also check the Juvenile or children's collection, the YA or Young Adult collection and the Reference collection.

  • 301-309 Anthropology
  • 575 Evolution
  • 599 Early Man
  • 614 Forensic Anthropology
  • 900's are used for History, and includes some prehistory

College of the Redwood Reference Books

Reference books include encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, guides, dictionaries, and compilations of resources such as primary documents. Reference books will provide a good overview of your topic, in a short and well organized way, and are good for getting started with any research assignment. Printed reference materials must be used in the library, but usually you will only need to consult these sources briefly. 

College of the Redwoods Library Books

These items may be checked out from the College of the Redwoods library. They will be found on the library shelves by their call numbers.

College of the Redwoods DVDs

DVDs are located on the shelves beside the Reference Desk. They can be checked out, or can be viewed on the computers and laptops available in the library. Check out headphones at the circulation desk.

College of the Redwoods Ebooks

NOTE: You may not need this box. It seems to work better to list books and eBooks in one combined list.  Use the permalink from OneSearch for print books; if a book is available as an eBook use the permalink from the eBook itself.  CREATE BOOKS IN THE ASSETS LIST and then "reuse" the asset whenever you add the same book to your libguide.


To read an Ebook, click on the link. You may be prompted to log in with your WebAdvisor ID and eight digit birth date. Some Ebooks can be downloaded, look for the instructions. Access downloadable Ebooks using the device on which you plan to read it. Other Ebooks can only be read online, and will "time out" after fifteen minutes if nothing is clicked. All Ebooks offer options to print, save, or email selections or pages, and to collect a citation.

Selected Ebook Titles

From Other Libraries

Any Humboldt County resident can get a free public library card.

To get an HSU library card, if you are not enrolled as an HSU student or employed by HSU, you must pay a fee.