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Design (DESN, FIND)

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Call numbers help you locate items in the library. You will always find related books shelved together so understanding call numbers can help you find many resources on the shelves.

Still confused about call numbers? See our  Call Numbers Demystified Guide!

Call number ranges to get you started:

  • HF 5521 - HF 5547: Offices
  • HT: Communities
  • N: Art, Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Arts
  • N5300-7418: Visual Arts - History
  • NA: Architecture
  • NA 190-1555.5: Architecture - History
  • NB: Sculpture
  • NC: Illustration, Design, Drawing
  • ND: Painting
  • NE: Printing
  • NK: Decorative Arts, Applied Arts
  • NK 600-806: Decorative Arts - History
  • NK 1700-2195: Interior Decoration
  • NK 2200-2750: Furniture
  • QC 495: Color
  • T: Technology (includes graphics & desktop publishing)
  • TH: Building Construction
  • TS: Manufacturing
  • TS 171: Product Design
  • TT: Arts and Crafts, Handicrafts (contains info on architecture and design, esp. in TT 196)
  • TX: Restaurants, Home economics & Food
  • Z 1 - Z 549: Books, Typography, Publishing

Search the Library Catalogue for books by entering keywords that describe what you are looking for.

You can also search by author name, book title or subject heading.


Try entering the following subject headings (or simply click on the link):

More Search tips

Use the Advanced Search screen

Combine terms to be more precise using the 'AND' command
e.g. clothing AND smart materials AND Canada

Find synoyms using the 'OR' command
e.g. international OR global

Use quote marks to match multiple words exactly
e.g. "protective clothing"

Use shortcuts to find words with different spellings:
e.g. correction$ will find correction, corrections, and correctional (but not corrective)

Find the library subject terms for your topic
e.g. if you browse by SUBJECT for the keyword Taser (which is a brand name) you'll see that libraries use the term stun guns instead

The library catalogue lists both scholarly and popular books.

To help you determine if a book is a "scholarly" title, use the following list to help you decide:

Who is the author?

  • holds an advanced degree in the subject covered by the book?
  • professional or researcher in the field?
  • is the author affiliated with a university / professional organization?


  • original research
  • literature review
  • advances research in discipline

Cited Sources?

  • bibliography / extensive notes
  • cites other scholarly sources
  • has an index


  • university press
  • scholarly publisher


  • uses terminology of the discipline
  • is written for other scholars / students

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