University Libraries

University Libraries



Hawaii Loa Campus
Cooke Academic Center
45-045 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 236-3505




Downtown Campus
LB Building
1060 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0210

Finding Books in the Libraries


Both Atherton (Hawai'i Loa campus) and Meader (downtown campus) libraries have many different types of books. To better organize the libraries, books are shelved in various collections. The collection is noted at the beginning of the call number.

For example, here is the call number for Merriam-Webster's Biographical Dictionary,, a reference book at Atherton Library:


AREF, for example, simply refers to Atherton Library, Reference Collection.

Below are codes for collections, followed by their location.

As always, if you have a question about the library, please ask us; we're here to help. Contact information is to the right of this page.

Code Location
AGEN Atherton Library, General Collection
AHPREF Atherton Library, Hawaii Pacific Reference
AOVSZ Atherton Library, Oversize Collection
AREF Atherton Library, Reference Collection
CLOSED SHELVES Ask at the Reference Desk
MATLASREF Meader Library, Atlas Case Reference
MEFP Meader Library, English Foundation Program
MFICHEREF Meader Library, Microfiche Reference
MGEN Meader Library, General Collection
MHPOVREF Meader Library, Hawaii Pacific Oversize Reference
MINDXREF Meader Library, Index Center Reference
MREF Meader Library, Reference
MTACREF Meader Library, Topic Assistance Center
NEH National Endowment for the Humanities
RESERVE Circulation Desk (both libraries)
REF DESK Reference Desk (applies to both libraries)