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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Addiction: Finding books

a guide to finding out more about addiction and related topics. By Ellen Sexton.

Browsing the shelves

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.

How to find books in OneSearch

Video tutorial

Finding a book in OneSearch, step by step

  1. Use the search box above, or start at the Library homepage.
  2. Type the title or topic you're looking for into the search box, for instance:
         Search box with "incarceration nations" as example title
    It helps to select "Limit to: Books," but this isn't necessary.
  3. Look at the results and get the section and call number of the book, if it's there. For instance:
         Available at John Jay College Stacks HV8705 .D74 2016
    Make sure the author(s) match the book you're looking for, since different books might have the same title.
  4. Write it down. What you do next depends on the section:
    • Reserves: Bring the call number to the Reserve Desk to check out the book for 3 hours at a time.
    • Stacks and all other section: Find the book on the shelf using the guide to the right, or ask a librarian for help.

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.

Library locations

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)

Addiction related subject headings

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

Alcohol use



Alcoholism counseling

Alcoholism in literature

Alcoholism in mass media

Blood alcohol

Children of alcoholics

Compulsive behavior

Crack (drug)

Designer drugs

Drinking age

Drinking customs

Drunkenness (criminal law)

Drug control

Drug traffic

Liquor laws

Methamphetamine abuse

Narcotic addicts


Psychotropic drugs

Rehabilitation centers

rehabiliation counseling

Skid row

Social work with alcoholics

Substance abuse

Substance-related disorders