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Speech 1 (Cardinale): How do I find books?

Photo of shelved books

Getting You Started!

Click the tabs below to locate two sets of instructions to get you started finding books with the tool OneSearch.

  • After clicking "Search" a new tab will open with a search results page. From there, a list of results is located in the middle of the page
  • Available At: Physical items such as books will indicate a location and a call number after the words "Available at...". The call number is the letter and number combination in parentheses and should be written down to find the matching call number on the item's spine.
  • Access Online: Electronic articles and e-books are accessible by clicking on "Available Online". If off campus, you will be prompted to log in using your Lobos Apps information. (Note: Fall 2020, OneSearch is defaulting to search electronic items).

Screen shot of two library items found in One Search. Two Circles around the location to find the items. One available online and the other through the Main Stacks of the library.

Click on the tab "Limit to Just E-books" above these directions to view the library's online collection.

Screen shot of the Refine Your Search options found on OneSearch's results page.

  • E-Books and many electronic articles (not all) found at MPC can be accessed through OneSearch. 
  • While the library building is closed, OneSearch will default to only display online resources.
  • After clicking "Search", refine your results to just e-books on the left-hand side. Under "Type of Resource", click on "books".
  • Use your Lobo Apps Username & Password to get access to full-text information.


When you find an e-book, click on "Available Online" to see the full record.  You will need to log in using your MPC Lobos Apps username and password.

Screenshot of the search results. Focus on an ebook record and a circle around the words Available Online.

Spring 2021

Books in the library's main collection (not including textbooks found in course reserves) can be requested and picked up at the LTC Building.  

  • Find a book you want to borrow. Click on the book's title.

screenshot of a book in Onesearch. Pointer clicking on the title to get into its record.

  • On the book's record, under "Get it", click on "Sign in".

Screenshot from a book record. "Please sign in to check if there are any request options. Sign in.

  • After signing in with your Lobo Apps account, click on "Request".  Then "Send Request".

Screenshot from a book record. Get it Request: Request button to click.