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Use the Primo search box on the Simpson Library home page to search for books and e-books held by Simpson Library. Choose "Advanced Search", and you can search by title, author, subject, or call number. For a print book, the record will show you the location, call number, and whether it's checked out or on the shelf. For an ebook, the record will offer you one or more links. You will be required to log in using your UMW credentials to access e-books and streaming media.

Primo search box

Call numbers

When you find a physical book in Primo, write down its call number, and then go to the shelves. Call numbers tell you where books are shelved. To use call numbers, break them into pieces and read them from the top down.

For example, here's how you'd find this book:A label on the spine of a book, displaying the call number PR 8875 .P46 1999

  1. Find the PR section by following the signs in alphabetical order.
  2. Within the PR section, look in numerical order for 8875.
  3. Within the PR 8875 section, look in alphabetical and numerical order for .P46
  4. 1999 is the year the book was published.


In Primo, you will have to sort between print books and online books.  Use the search limits on the left-side of the screen to narrow your search results.  

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