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Finding Books & Ebooks


  • CUW has physical and electric books.
  • Current students and faculty can also request books from 7 SWITCH libraries (1-2 business days) in Primo Search or via inter-library loan (3-14 business days).
  • Search for books in Primo Search and subject specific databases.
  • Find subject-relevant options on the books tab of your subject guide or course/program guide
  • To download full ebooks, you will have to create a free account. We recommend downloading 1 chapter at a time instead.
  • Off-campus students can use home delivery to access print CUW books.
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Find Print books in Primo

To find print books and ebooks at CUW Library, use the CUW Library Search
This video demonstrates how to search for books and ebooks.

Look for these Icons:

 icon of closed book

Find Books By Subject (1 min)

To search for an author, use the drop down “as author/creator”

Search for Swift, John with as author/creator selected


Find Books by title (1 min)

Looking for a specific title? Watch this video.

Locate Print Books in CUW Library (Call Numbers)

Find books on the shelf (2 min)

Books in the CUW Library are organized by subject according to 2 classification systems: Library of Congress (LC) and the Dewey Decimal System.

Book shelves are labeled on the ends to help students locate items.
Student workers or librarians can provide assistance locating items.Call number Labels on Book Shelves


Main Collection &  AV &  Reference: Library of Congress

In Primo:
LC2395.C65 1991

On the book spine:



Curriculum: Dewey Decimal System

In Primo:
625.3 N277

On the book spine:


How to find LC call numbers
Dewey Call Numbers

Find (Most) Ebooks in Primo

Search Primo for Ebooks (2 min)

To limit your search to only Ebooks, choose Available Online under Show Only.

Ebooks will always say Online in green text. You might also see the ebook icon to the left of the title.

Ebook in Primo search results

Most CUW Ebook are provided through the Ebsco eBooks and Ebook Central Databases.

Go to: EBSCO eBooks             
Go to:
Ebook Central   

Things to remember:

  • All Ebooks can be read in most browsers.
  • To download full Ebooks, you must create a free account with Ebsco or Ebook Central. Sometimes you will be prompted to “checkout” the book.
  • You can download individual chapters without creating an account.
  • Ebook Central limits the number of pages downloaded at one time.
  • To read ebooks on mobile devices: use free app Bluefire Reader
  • For read ebooks PC or Mac computers: use Adobe Digital Editions software

Resources from the Vender:

Ebook Central Help Guide
Ebsco Ebooks Help Guide


Double Click Videos Below for Larger Versions

Downloading Ebsco Ebooks

Reading Ebsco Ebooks Online

Proquest Ebooks Use

Request Print Books for pickup

Students and faculty can request print books from CUW and SWITCH to be held at the circulation desk for pick on-campus or be mailed home (online students).

In Primo search results, Print books will look like this:

Switch and CUW Print Books in Primo

1. Click the book title.

2. Click CUW Request OR CUW Scan chapter option  

CUW print book in Primo

Request SWITCH Print Books (1 min)

This short video clip from our Primo 101 video demonstrates the process.

Requesting Books Outside SWITCH (ILL)

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