Glossary of Library Terms at Pickler Memorial
A summary of a journal article or a book.
alphabetic (or alphabetical)
Arranged in the order of the English alphabet; a,b,c...
An information source that is not printed on paper, such as
videorecordings, audio tapes, CDs, or DVDs.
(1) Several periodicals encased together in one hard-cover
(2) A book with hard covers.
A combination of letters and numbers assigned to library books
and AV material. Each book or AV item has a different call number.
Library material is arranged in the stacks by call number.
The Library Catalog is a computer based list of the books and AV
material in the library. See the
(Compact Disk--Read only Memory.)
A computer storage disk that looks like a music compact disk. CD-ROM
disks store data such as indexes, encyclopedias.
check out or in
To borrow (check out or charge) library material or to return it
(check in or discharge).
The day when charged material must be returned to the library.
Digital Video Disk can store computer files,
images, and videorecordings (movies, documentaries, shows, etc.)
An amount of money charged as a penalty for library material
that is damaged or lost.
A list of words and definitions.
hold (a book)
A patron-initiated request to save a book or an AV, that is
checked out to someone else, when it is returned.
InterLibrary Loan - borrowing books from other libraries around
the United States and the world
(1) Periodical index: A database that identifies articles in
periodicals on specific subjects.
(2) Book index: An alphabetic list at the end of a book that
identifies names and subjects contained in the book.
A periodical; particularly one published by a society,
institution, or professional association containing reports of
research in a particular field.
Library Service Desk
The one-stop service desk on the 1st floor where all
questions can be asked and library material is checked out and
The length of time (for example: 3 days, 30 days) for which
library material may be borrowed.
A periodical that is more general, or popular, in scope.
A piece of film, about 4 inches by 6 inches, that contains 40 or
more photographically reduced pages.
A roll of film containing photographically reduced pages of
printed material or illustrations.
Either microfiche or microfilm.
Library material that has been kept past the due date.
A publication issued at regular intervals--weekly, monthly,
etc.--such as a magazine, journal or newspaper.
A user who needs an item that is checked out, may request a
recall for that item at the Library Service Desk. Once the recall
is initiated, the item must be returned within two weeks. Failure to
respond to such a notice will result in a fine of $1.00 per day
and/or suspension of borrowing privileges
The area that houses the Reference Collection (non-circulating
materials) located on 1st floor.
To extend the length of time a borrowed book may be kept by
assigning a new due date online or the Library Service Desk.
A separate collection of library material kept on the 1st floor
Circulation Area which can be used only in the building or
The shelves upon which library resources are stored; for
example, 2nd floor stacks, or the periodical stacks on 1st floor.
Terms used in describing periodicals. An issue is one
publication of a periodical, as, the May 16 issue of Time magazine.
A volume is a quantity of successive issues identified by number,
as, volume 12 = the January-December 1980 issues.
World Wide Web (WWW)
An international online collection of electronic information pages,
or documents which includes graphics, color, and sound. Also
known as the Internet.