Cataloging

Mission

The Cataloging Department creates and maintains the libraries’ online catalog of both physical and virtual collections. The Department describes, classifies, and provides indexing of the libraries’ materials; does quality control of the catalog’s records; and does general database management so that the libraries’ materials are organized for retrieval by our users.

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What is the library catalog?

The library catalog is an inventory of all the materials owned by the library. Some of these materials are “owned” in the sense that the library has paid for a license permitting online access for the users of the library. The catalog also describes the various materials (whether it’s a book, DVD, CD, etc.; who wrote it or who performs; and what it is about) and tells where the material can be found.

Library Collection Statistics*

CategoryTotal
Number of Titles in Library Catalog2,403,890 (includes Maps, Microforms, AV)
Number of Volumes in Library Catalog1,791,768
Number of Physical AudioVisual Titles in Library Catalog346,165
Number of electronic AudioVisual Titles35,433
Number of Electronic Titles in Library Catalog217,752

What is a Discovery Tool?

A discovery tool offers users a single interface for finding all the information they need by searching the full scope of FIU Libraries’ collections: books, e-books, print and electronic articles, and other types of resources. Users can access digitized resources and the full text of articles—when available and licensed for FIU; can see information about an item's availability displayed in the search results; and can place an order for an item through Inter-Library Loan or UBorrow.

To use the FIU Libraries’ discovery tool, select the “Catalog” tab at the top of the Libraries’ home page. The screen you see next has 5 tabs. The second tab is “Books” and will search the Libraries’ catalog of books and audiovisual materials. The first tab is “Books and Articles,” and searching from this tab gives you results from a broader “discovery” search that will include print and electronic articles.

*Statistics as of 2016-02-16