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English as a Second Language: Reading & Vocabulary

On Shelf at CCBC Libraries

Library Vocabulary

Call Number

The numbers and letters on the book or DVD that lets you find it on the shelf.

Check Out     

To borrow a book or DVD from the library.


When the book or DVD leaves the library, because someone is borrowing it.


A collection of articles and books that you can search on a computer.

Due Date       

The date that a book or DVD needs to be returned to the library.


The main idea in a sentence. (Example: Why do we need to know vocabulary about the library? The keywords are vocabulary and library.)


The library allows you to take books and DVDs home to use.

Loan Period  

How long you can keep books and DVDs.

Overdue Fine

If a book is kept past the due date, you will have to pay 15 cents a day for each day that you keep it. Reserve books are $1.00 a day.


The magazines, journals, and newspapers that the library has on its shelf.

Reference Book           

A book that gives background information about a topic and cannot be checked out of the library.

Reference Librarian

The librarian who can help you to find information on your topic.


To check out a book or DVD again, when you need more time to use it.


Books to be used only in the library. (The library has some textbooks, but not all.)


To bring back a book or DVD to the library.


The bookcase that holds the books, DVDs, and periodicals.


The area of the library where the books and DVDs are kept that can be checked out.


What the book, article, or DVD is about – the topic.


A word having the similar meaning as another word. (Example: sickness and disease)

Academic Vocabulary