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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2022     Views: 1750

To be technical: A library catalog is a register (sometimes a database) of all bibliographic items held within that library that can be retrieved via a federated search. Libraries used to function with a card catalog for finding materials. Now, it is much easier to find materials because most catalogs are online!

It is important to know what a catalog is and how it functions, so that you can use other libraries in the future! 

TCC Library's catalog is called Discovery. Every library might call theirs something different, but it might also be the vender's brand name. Ours is located on the homepage of the TCC Library. It is the big, main search bar. Discovery is special because, in addition to items available for checkout, it will also show you items that may only be available for in-library use or items that we do not hold but may be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) using the knowledge base.

View links below to more information on how to use!