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Mirlyn - the Library Catalog

Find Books and Other Materials in the Library Using Mirlyn



What IS Mirlyn, anyway?

Mirlyn is the Library's catalog. You can search Mirlyn to find books and other materials owned by the University Library. It has a record for each of the items libraries own, including books and journals in print and electronic formats.


  To find books, search Mirlyn using:

  • Word(s) Anywhere when you are looking for books on a specific topic. Type in the keywords you think are most appropriate.
  • Title begins with... when you already know the name of a book you want. Type in the first few words of a book title.
  • Author when you know the name of the author. Make sure to put the author's last name first.
You will find more search options using Mirlyn's  Advanced Search.
  • Narrow the language to English or any other language available
  • Specify formats in your search, such as only books, electronic formats, or visual materials.
  • Select a range of dates from which to choose
  • Narrow your search to within a specific library



Mirlyn Search Tips

Top 5 Mirlyn Tips

You'll find books, DVDs, magazine titles, CDs, music, electronic journals archives and other things in Mirlyn.

You won't be able to look up the an article by either the author or the article title in Mirlyn. You can only see if the library has the title of the journal. Use database indexes to look up authors and article titles.
When you search in Mirlyn you're looking at the collections of multiple libraries on campus, like the medical library, Public Health, Social Work, Graduate Library, Undergraduate Library and more.
There's more to Mirlyn than the basic, default search options. Try advanced search or use the drop down menu for more options.
Take advantage of logging in to Mirlyn for other options, like having books delivered from other libraries and renewing your books online.