Answered By: Library User Service Division
Last Updated: May 30, 2023    

When you can’t find a book on shelf after looking it up in Library Catalogue (OPAC), one or more of the following reasons might apply:

  • It is likely that someone else in the Library is reading the book within the Library. You can check the shelf again in the next few days to see if the book has been returned. Alternatively, you can ask the staff at the Library Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor (Library in Central Building, North Campus) or on the 1st floor (Library in XJTLU Entrepreneur College(Taicang)) to help you find the book. 
  • If the book is not returned for a long time, it is likely that somebody could have put the book in the wrong place within the Library. It will take time for library staff to relocate the book. You can ask the staff at the Library Circulation Desk to notify you when the book is found.
  • The book may be placed at the new arrival area. You can ask the staff at Library Circulation Desk whether the book is a new arrival or not.
  • It may be that the book is in the process of being re-catalogued by the Library. You can fill out the Library Priority Cataloging Request Form at the Library Circulation Desk to initiate the priority cataloging service. Library staff will  notify you when the re-cataloguing is finished and is ready to be borrowed.
  • It might be that the book is lost, and you may report this to the Library.