The Lloyd Sealy Library has a good collection of books on addiction and related topics. Browse call numbers at
BF for general psychology
HV5001 for alcoholism
HV5725 for tobacco habits
HV5800 for drug habits & abuse.
QD415 for biochemisty
RA 114 for forensic psychology
RC 435 for psychiatry
RC554 for drug abuse
RM146 for misuse of therapeutic drugs
RM300 for drugs and their actions
If you are researching a particular topic, it is most efficient to search the catalog CUNY+ to get precise call numbers.
You can search by ISBN in OneSearch Advanced Search by selecting ISBN from the "Any Field" dropdown menu. But it's best to search by title. Different editions of the book might have different ISBNs.
If you can't find the book in OneSearch, you can click the "All CUNY" option at the top of the page to see if any other CUNY library has it. If they do, you can try requesting the book using the Request button. (More info on intra-CUNY borrowing.) If no library at CUNY has the book, try searching for it in public libraries.
When searching for Books in OneSearch, note the call number, and the location of the book:
Stacks: the main circulating collection of the library. On the north side of the library: call numbers A–H are on the upper level; call numbers I–Z are on the lower level. Stacks books can be borrowed for 3 weeks.
Reserve: books kept behind the Reserve Desk on the lower floor. Most can be used only within the library. More info »
Reference: upper level of the library, towards 11th avenue. Not circulating (can't borrow outside of the library).
Law Reference: upper level of the library, towards 58th street. Not circulating.
Special Collections: upper level of the library. Ask at the Reference Desk. Not circulating.
Electronic resource: click on the hyperlink in the call number field.
And to help you find the book on the shelf, here's How to read a call number (from the University System of Georgia)
Using jargon can improve search results. We use Library of Congress subject headings to describe each book in the library catalog. Subject headings tend to be phrased in formal, jargon-laden langauge. Here are some examples:
Adult children of alcoholics
Alcohol -- law and legislation
Alcohol -- physiological effect
Alcohol -- toxicology
Alcoholism in literature
Alcoholism in mass media
Children of alcoholics
Drunkenness (criminal law)
Social work with alcoholics