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Virtual Bookshelf Enables Serendipitous Discovery

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We've recently updated our catalog to WorldCat Discovery, which allows patrons to quickly find resources available from Pepperdine Libraries and other libraries worldwide. An exciting feature of the new platform is a virtual browser that displays all of the libraries' holdings in shelf order. While searching for a book, you can scroll through and view titles arranged as they exist in the library building. Especially during the era of COVID-19 and online learning, it's a way for library patrons to discover new books serendipitously, just as one would in the physical space. The video below offers a short tutorial on how to access the virtual bookshelf.



Another addition to the new WorldCat Discovery platform is a one-step search for the growing number of ebooks available to the Pepperdine community. On our General Collections page, users can enter their query into a search box, and everything but ebooks will filter out. You can also refer to our ebooks guide, which has instructions on how to manually filter our catalog for ebooks.