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Finding Books at SJSU

To find a specific work of foreign literature, look it up by author or title in the SJSU Library Catalog.

Most works of foreign language and literature are found in the P Library of Congress call number range, located on the 7th Floor (university collection books).  For example, PC includes the Romance languages and PQ includes Romance literatures. Check out this online reference guide for more detailed information about the P call number range.  In addition, the public library collection has a selection of language and literature books found in the 800 Dewey call number range, located on the 3rd Floor. The SJSU Special Collections has special collections of many first editions and rare books.

To find works related to foreign language and literature, search the SJSU Library Catalog by subject, using the name of an author or a topic. These are some examples of Library of Congress subject headings:


If you don't know the Library of Congress subject heading, search by keyword using a variety of terms that are relevant to your topic.

Finding books @ other libraries.

Except for requesting articles through Interlibrary Loan Services, books are not available right now through these other services. 


CSU+ is a resource-sharing system that allows students, faculty, and staff to request books from any of the 23 California State University libraries and have them delivered to their home campus within 2-5 days. CSU+ replaces Link+, giving you access to over 29 million books across the entire CSU. If CSU+ doesn't have what you're looking for, you can request it through SJSU's Interlibrary Loan service (ILLiad).   Only SJSU patrons are eligible to use CSU+.

Interlibrary Services 

Request books from libraries all over the world. Use Interlibrary Services when material is not owned by the King Library or SJPL Branches. Requests can be made by filling out an ILLiad online request form. This service is free to all card holders -- late fees still apply -- and may take 7 to 10 days for the request to be filled.   

Local Libraries 

Link to catalogs of local libraries and libraries in the CSU system.  


A catalog containing over 34 million records from libraries worldwide, useful for identifying items not available at King Library.