The Helena College Library shares its collections with 17 other academic libraries in Montana, which means you have access to a lot of books.
Our library provides you access to thousands of e-books. They are easy to use and navigate, and you don't have to worry about due dates! Try a few while you're searching or visit the link below to learn more about our e-book collection.
If you come across a book, article or video you need for your research, and the library does not own it, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We'll borrow the book from another library and make it available for you to check out!
Allow about two weeks for an ILL request to arrive.
Listed below are a few of the hundreds of video sharing sites on the Internet.
On the left side of the screen are different options for narrowing down your results. Click "Available at Helena College Library" to find all print books and DVDs in our library.
Montana Academic Libraries
At the top of the search box, you can choose to search all Montana academic libraries libraries. If you find a book or DVD here, you can sign in with your NetID to request any item to be sent to Helena College for you to pick up.
Books and videos in Helena College Library are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
This system organizes all knowledge into ten broad categories and assigns each a hundreds digit from 000 to 900 (see basic dewey subjects below). These categories are then broken down into more and more specific topics which are assigned specific numbers in the tens and ones places and finally decimal numbers that convey the smallest details of topics.
700 The Arts
738.38 Pottery of Ancient Greece
This system ensures that books on the same topic are together on the shelf. As a result, once you locate one book on your topic, you should be able to find others by browsing nearby items on the shelf.
Call numbers listed in the library catalog and printed on the spine labels of library books are like addresses for specific books in the library. Call numbers are made up of a Dewey number that indicates the topic of the book, a “cutter number” that is the first three letters of the author's name or first three letters of the book title, and sometimes a date of publication.
Basic Dewey subject areas:
Class 000 – Computer science, information & general works
Class 100 – Philosophy and psychology
Class 200 – Religion
Class 300 – Social sciences
Class 400 – Language
Class 500 – Science
Class 600 – Technology
Class 700 – Arts & recreation
Class 800 – Literature
Class 900 – History & geography
Find many copyright-free books online and preview full chapters of current books through Google Books search.
Note: Google Books' Preview does not mean you can read the entire book. This is a great place to see if you want a specific book and to get started on your research. You can request the library borrow a copy of a book that we don't have by filing out an Interlibrary Loan Request.