Find Books, Articles and More
Catalyst is the JHU libraries online catalog found on the Library Homepage. Catalyst searches almost everything the JHU library owns or subscribes to including books, ebooks, journal articles, and media owned by the library. This is the best place to look for books and ebooks for your research.
You can do a simple search or use the Advanced Search feature, refining your search with the limiters on the left side once you have done a search. Remember to sign in to save your results and request items.
Regardless of how you choose to search for materials in the library at JHU, all electronic materials should be available for immediate access using your JHED, the same single sign on credentials you use to access your JHU email and other apps featured on my.JH.
During the Library's planning for the 2024 renovation, most of our print books are in offsite storage (see the Requesting Materials tab). For books located in the library you first need the call number, which you can find online when you look up the book in Catalyst. Use the diagram below to help you locate books.
You can use the search box on the library homepage to search and request materials in Catalyst, the discovery tool (i.e., catalog) of the JHU Libraries.
Print materials, regardless of whether they circulate or not, can be requested for check out or in-library use. To do so, you must first sign in with your JHED under "Get It" in any given print record:
Once you've authenticated, you can request print materials that circulate by clicking the "Request from JH" button. Books arrive from storage usually within 24 hours. If you would like only a chapter or two, you can use the Interlibrary Loan button at the top of the page.
Copies of materials which are owned by JHU but which are currently unavailable can be requested through BorrowDirect or Interlibrary Loan:
When in doubt about which to use, opt for Interlibrary Loan, since BorrowDirect items can be acquired through both forms.