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Physical Therapy: A Guide to Library Research

Call Numbers for Books in Physical Therapy

Call numbers for physical therapy books in the library begin with:

RM 695 through RM 950

There may also be helpful books shelved in

RD 792 through RD 811 

for physical rehabilitation after surgery

Call numbers indicate a book's location on the library shelves.  The best way to find books to browse through on your topic is to search in the library catalog (linked below) for a book on your topic, record the call number for it and go to where that book is shelved.  You should find other useful books on your topic in that area.

If the Thompson Library Does Not Have a Book You Need

We have two options for getting a book you need that we don't have in our collection: Get This and Interlibrary Loan.

First: you can check to see if the book is available on the Ann Arbor campus by changing the "Search in" box in the Library Catalog (linked above) to "UM-Ann Arbor Libraries." If it is available there, you can request that it be sent here for you to check out using Get This (find more information on Get This through the link below).

If it's not available in Ann Arbor you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. This means that the book will come from a participating library elsewhere in the United States.

Follow the link below for information and instructions on how to use the Interlibrary Loan service.

Reading a Library of Congress Call Number

This video will explain how Library of Congress Classification works in order to aid you when locating books within the Thompson Library.

Visit the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information.