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A guide to library resources for anyone in the School of Communication.

Find Books Specific to Communications

Search Milner's Catalog for books about a topic or subject or search for books by author or title.  You can also search by call number.

If Milner does not own a book, search All I-Share Libraries for the book title and request the book from one of the 90 other I-Share Libraries in Illinois.

There are three ways to read ebooks:

  1. Read in your browser.
  2. Download to your laptop or tablet.
  3. Print one or more pages.

If you are on campus, you will be automatically logged in for access.  When you are off campus, you will be prompted to login using your ULID username and password before the eBook is displayed.

The steps to download or print an ebook are dependent on the publisher's website.  Consult our eBook Guide for specific information about each format.

Look at our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information.



Selected COM textbooks are available as eTextbooks.  To view a list of available COM etextbooks, see the Electronic Books guide.

Call Numbers in the field of Communication

Communication is a relatively new academic discipline. Therefore no single letter or call number in the Library of Congress Classification System represents all topics in the field of Communication.

Various types and aspects of communication are located throughout Milner Library's collection. The largest collection of general communication titles is on the 6th floor in the P87-96 call number range.

Following is a list of most communication related call number areas. This list may be especially useful for browsing.

Floor Call Number Range Subjects
Floor 3 BF 637.C45 Interpersonal Communication
Floor 4 HD 30.3 Communication in Management
Floor 4 HD 59 Public Relations
Floor 4 HE 7601-8700 Telecommunications Industry
Floor 4 HF 5717-5746 Business Communication
Floor 4 HF 5801-6182 Advertising
Floor 4 HM 131-134 Small Groups, Social Groups
Floor 4 HM 251-291 Social Psychology
Floor 4 HM 1206 - 1220 Mass media
Floor 4 HM 1221 - 1226 Public Relations, Publicity
Floor 4 HM 1231 Propaganda
Floor 4 HM 1236 Public Opinion
Floor 4 JF 515 Parliamentary Procedure
Floor 4 JK 849 U.S. Government Publicity, Relations to the Press
Floor 4 KF 241.C65 Legal Research, Communications
Floor 4 KF 2750 Press Law
Floor 4 KF 2761-2849 TV and Telecommunication, Law and Legislation
Floor 4 KF 4290-4302 Motion Picture Law
Floor 4 KF 4298-4783 Freedom of Expression
Floor 6 LB 1042.5-1044.8 Audiovisual Education
Floor 6 LB 1572 Speech, Oral Education
Floor 6 P Linguistics
Floor 6 P 87-96 Communication, Mass Media
Floor 6 P 99.5 Nonverbal Communication
Floor 6 PN 101-147 Feature Writing
Floor 6 PN 160-162 Editing
Floor 6 PN 207 Argumentation
Floor 6 PN 1990-1992.95 Broadcasting
Floor 6 PN 4001.4355 Oratory, Elocution
Floor 6 PN 4699-5650 Journalism and Magazine Publication
Floor 5 TR 820 Photojournalism
Floor 5 Z 116-265 Book Industries and Trade, Printing

Other Book Locations at Milner

Course Reserves

Find materials your instructor has placed on Reserve for your class to read.  Search by Course, Instructor or Department.

Reserve items are available for 2 hour use in the library.  Reserve materials in print may be scanned to your USB drive at no charge using Milner Library's scanner machines located on each floor at Milner.

Can't make it into the library? You may use our Course Reserve Request Form to request a digital scan of a reading.


In Milner's Catalog, some items have the location "Closed Stacks" or "Storage North."  Request these items from storage by logging into your Milner/I-Share account and then submitting a request for the item.

For help with requesting from storage, watch a short video.