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About the Macdonald-Kelce Library at the University of Tampa: FAQ - Students

A User's Guide to the Macdonald-Kelce Library


Does the library have my textbook?

In short: probably not. Sometimes a professor will put a book you need for your class on hold at the Reserves Desk. You can search Reserves by the professor name, class, or academic department through the Library’s Online Catalog. If the book is being held in Reserves you can ask for it at the Circulation Desk with the professor's last name, book title, and/or class title and section number.

Traditionally, university libraries do not collect textbooks for classes. The cost of supporting that many classes, with a constantly changing selection of textbooks (due to new editions, new classes, and new professors) makes the cost prohibitive. Since this is a general rule of thumb for many universities attempting to acquire textbooks through Interlibrary Loan is often unsuccessful.

Some books, however, such as literature or books written for popular and academic audiences may be available. Check the catalog or ask a librarian.


About Esearch

When we acquire databases our licensing agreements require that we restrict access to the UT community. To restrict access we require a password to access most databases. We call this log in process Esearch.

You use the same username and password when logging into Esearch as you do when logging into the Spartans Domain.

There are two common problems we come across when people are having problems logging in:

1) If you attempt to log in incorrectly three times (or more) the system will block access to your account for 20 minutes. (For example, if the Caps Lock key has been pushed you may be entering the correct password, but with capital letters instead of lowercase. Wait 20 minutes and try again.)

2) The other fix that often works is re-setting your password. Go to and use the Reset Password function. (NOTE: you must have previously set up your account with

If you need assistance with your log-in information, please contact the IT Help Desk at or at x6255.

Scanners Printers Copiers

PRINTERS: All of the computer work stations are connected to a nearby printer. All the printers, except two, print only in black & white. The two color printers in the library are in the front lab.

PRINTING BALANCE: At the beginning of each semester students have a 30 dollar printing balance. When those funds are exhausted students may add money to their account through Spartan Print. Log in via the pop-up box on the computer desktop.

You will then have the option to add money to your printing balance using either a credit/debit card or a PayPal account.

DISPUTE FORM: To address printing errors and printing charge reimbursement follow the same steps as above to locate and fill out an electronic dispute form.

COPIERS: The library has no working copiers at this time.

SCANNERS: There is one stand-up USB/email scanner by the Reference Desk. The other scanner is attached to one of the two computers to the right of the stand-up scanner.

FAX MACHINE: The Library does not have a FAX machine. There is a FAX machine available for student use at the campus Bookstore located in the Vaughn Center.

Call Numbers

What is a call number?

A call number is found on the spine of a book. You can also find the call number of a book in the online catalog. Call numbers are unique. To find a book, you need to match the call number in the online catalog with the call number you find on the spine of the book.

It is important that you jot down the COMPLETE call number if you want to find that exact book.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System. You don’t need to memorize it, just remember the call numbers begin with a letter or letters and then numbers. You read the call number alphabetically then numerically. If the online catalog lists the location as MAIN then that means the book can be found on the 2nd floor and you may check it out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor once you find the title/s (FYI: your Spartan Card IS your library card).

At the end of each shelving unit you can find signs that tell you what part of the alphabet you will find in that section. The As begin on the north side of the building with the Zs on the south side (by the windows).

As you get to know the collection and your field/s of interest, you will also begin to know what parts of the collection are good for browsing when it comes time to decide what to research. Sometimes acquiring one call number for one book will help you find more books to use for your project/paper. It is always a good idea to look to the left, right, below, and above of the book that you first discovered via the online catalog.

Librarians at the Reference Desk can help you navigate the online catalog and find books that will support your research endeavors.