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Catalog Questions

1. What are the functions of Information Service Center?
    Tianjin Library Fukang Road Branch is equipped with an Information Service Center on its second floor. Its main functions include: introducing the library collections and the service functions of different departments; assisting readers to make full use of the library and solving problems for readers; giving immediate answers to factual questions raised by readers; giving instructions and directions of information search for professional researches; providing updates of literature on specific topics according to the requirements of the readers; and providing corporations with information inquiry services in updates on science and technology, key science and technology projects, research project initiation and business intelligence.
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    2. Does the Library provide online consultancy and send digital literature?
    The Library provides online consultancy services. Library Consultancy deals with questions about literature search, how to borrow literature and various service facilities of the Library. Universal Reference Consultancy Network mainly provides answers to all kinds of intellectual questions, and help with searching and sending digital literature online.
    3. Where can I find book searching system in the Library?
    There are OPAC computer searching terminals in the Information and Service Center, Base Collection Comprehensive Reading Room, Chinese Book Borrowing Room, Foreign Book Borrowing Room, Chinese Periodical Borrowing Room, Chinese Newsprint Reading Room and Foreign Journal Reading Room, which are open to readers.
    4. Is it possible to know whether the Library has the material I need before I come here?
    Readers can go to the homepage of our website, click on “Book Catalog” under “Online Service” and type in the book’s Chinese or English title to search. If the title (and detailed library information) of the book you need appears in the search result, the book is in the Library.
    5. Can I search the Library’s collection of Japanese books online?
    Readers can go to the Library’s homepage, click on “Book Catalog” under “Online Service”, choose “Foreign Language Collections”, and type in the Japanese title of the book. If the title of the book you need appears in the search result, the book is in the Library
    6. Can I search for books available to the public in other libraries on your website?
    Readers can go to homepage of our website, click on “Key Links” and find links to other libraries. Readers can go on to search for the openly available books.
    7. How many ways are there to locate a publication?
    Computer searching system is used to search for any book in the Library. There are 6 key terms to find a book: title, subject, author, the category code, ISBN and the searching code.
    8. The category code can be used to find a book in the Library. But how are the codes assigned?
    The category codes are assigned according to the Chinese Library Classification. The code can help readers find a certain category of books in a particular discipline. If you want to know the code for your book(s), please go to the Information and Service Center (in the second floor of the Fukang road Building) or the Reception Desk (in first floor of the Cultural Center Building).
    9. Subject can be used to find a book in the Library. But what should be the subject of my book(s)?
    The subject of a book is determined according to the Chinese Thesaurus. Searching with a subject can find you different categories of books of that subject. If you want to know the subject for your book(s), please go to the Information and Service Center (in the second floor of the Fukang road Building) or the Reception Desk (in first floor of the Cultural Center Building).
    10. If the book I need can be found in the Library’s Searching System, can I buy one?
    The Library’s collections are not for sale. Please go to a Xinhua Bookstore for books.