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Call Numbers

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection. Use this map to locate different areas of the collection in the library, or ask a librarian for help!

DA–DR Europe
DS Asia & the Middle East
DT Africa
DU Australia & Oceania
DU622–629 Hawaii
E160 US National Parks
F2–902 USA
F1009–1079 Canada
F1209–1376 Mexico
F1429–F2136 Central America
F2211–3709 South America
GV191–199 Hiking, camping, and backpacking


The COD Library purchases travel guidebooks from several publishers. Each guidebook series has a particular focus, coverage area, and target audience. That said, it’s always best to find a book that was published in the last couple of years. A really great guidebook from five years ago will be full of inaccurate information. Most of our guidebooks are from the following publishers:

DK Eyewitness/Insight: Offering itineraries for various traveler types (foodies, hikers, sports fans, etc.), these guides provide inspiration for worldwide destinations. While not as detailed on-the-ground, they help travelers plan and prioritize ahead of their trips.

Fodor’s: Primarily aimed at luxury travelers, Fodor’s guides also offer mid-range options, featuring extensive information on sights, accommodations, and dining in popular destinations worldwide.

Lonely PlanetCovering many countries, Lonely Planet provides comprehensive logistical details, especially for lesser-known areas. Recent editions emphasize visuals and lists over extensive information, and cater to a broader audience beyond budget travelers.

National GeographicKnown for stunning photography and cultural insights, National Geographic guides offer limited logistical details but serve as a general introduction to countries, particularly in North America and Europe.

Rick StevesExclusive to European destinations, Rick Steves guides are ideal for first-time travelers, offering detailed itineraries and historical insights for major attractions. With a focus on culture and history, they age well over time.

Other series include Bradt (for adventure travelers visiting off-the-beaten path destinations), Rough Guide (similar to Lonely Planet), Frommers (great for families and budget travelers), and Culture Shock (ideal for longer stays and travelers who want to connect with locals).


Most of the library's travel ebooks are hosted by EBSCOHost Ebooks or ProQuest Ebook Central. These databases are only available to current students, faculty, and staff.

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