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New London: Historical Research Guide: Search tips for books

Researching any aspect of New London history can be tricky. This guide is intended to create a common starting place for college researchers from any field. If you have suggestions for improving the guide, please let us know.

Use OneSearch to find books and media in Connecticut College Libraries

Use OneSearch on the library website to search for books et cetera in the library.



Books on New London are classified in a variety of locations throughout the library:

  • Dewey Collection (in compact shelving on the lower-level)

333.78 So88 — Southeastern Connecticut, Regional Planning

362 — Hospitals, New London

917.465 — Parks, New London

  • Library of Congress (Reference, and 2nd & 3rd floor)

E185.93 — African Americans, Connecticut 

E241 — New London, History

E444 — Slavery, Connecticut

F102 — New London, History

F104 — New London, History

HE336 — Pedestrians, City planning

HF3163 — Whaling, New London

HG2613 — Savings bank, New London

JS1198 — New London, Ordinances

NK7111 — Silverwork, Connecticut

PS3529 — New London, Homes and haunts

S599 — Soils, New London

  • Connecticut State Documents (in compact shelving on the lower-level)

HD9000 — Food supply, Connecticut

HE356 — Traffic flow, New London

HN49 — Community development, New London

HT168 — City planning, Connecticut

‚ÄčTo Browse for books online, inside OneSearch click on Browse Search, or scroll to the bottom of any book item record for the virtual browse feature.


Browse by call number:

Virtual browse:


Try an Advanced Search with:

  • Day Publishing Company (as author)
  • New London (author is exact)
  • New London (subject contains)
  • New London County Historical Society (as author)
  • New London Landmarks (as author)
  • Southeastern Connecticut (author contains)
  • Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (author is exact)
  • Southeastern Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (author is exact)

Finding & Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If you're looking for a book that is not available at Connecticut College, the next best option is to place a CTW request. Use OneSearch (listed above) to search for the book. After you type in your keywords, limit the search to CTW Books and Media to see if Trinity College or Wesleyan University have an available copy (see search tips at right, and request steps below).

As a member of the CTW Consortium, students at Connecticut College may borrow books from Trinity College and Wesleyan University. A request via CTW will often arrive within 48 hours.  To make a CTW request: 

  • Sign-in to OneSearch to place requests (use your Conn Coll login)
  • Search for the book in OneSearch 
  • Limit the search scope to CTW Books and Media (see search tips at right) 
  • Click the item title to view the record 
  • If the item is available, click the "Request" link

  • Another window opens with additional options
  • Again click on the "Request" link

  • A final request window opens
  • Complete the request form and REQUEST


Once this final request form is submitted, you should receive an email update notifying you when the book is ready for pickup at the circulation desk. 



WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Use this database to search for materials outside the CTW catalog, and place requests through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It takes approximately eight days for an ILL book loan to arrive and two days for an article request to be delivered as a PDF. You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pick up or have been delivered to your account.