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Occupational Therapy: Find Books

Resources for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

OT Subject Headings

If you do not know the exact subject heading describing the topic you need, try doing a keyword search using other word/s related to that topic (such as "occupational science") and then click on the subject heading links found within the relevant records to find additional, useful resources.

Art Therapy


Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy case studies

Occupational therapy for children

Occupational therapy for older perople

Occupational therapy philosophy

Occupational therapy research

Occupational therapy services

Occupational therapy United States


People with disabilities

Physical therapy

Play therapy

Quality of work life

Recreational therapy


Vocational rehabilitation


Useful Call Numbers

Colleges (including Madison College) and public libraries use the Dewey Decimal System for organizing their collections.

Occupational Therapy--615.8515

Physical Therapy--615.82

Universities use the Library of Congress Classification System which is based on the alphabet.

BF = Psychology

HM-HX = Sociology

L = Education

QM-QP = Anatomy and Physiology

R = Medicine

R123 = Medical terminology

RC475-489 = Therapeutics (art, music, dance therapy)

RJ505 = Play therapy

RM700 = Physical therapy

RM735 = Occupational therapy

RM930 = Rehabiliation therapy

RM950 = Rehabilitation technology


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Students with a valid OneCard and enrolled in a degree credit class at Madison College may obtain a free courtesy card allowing access and borrowing privileges at all UW-Madison campus libraries. Students should bring their OneCard to any of the Madison College campus libraries and request a qualifying form from the library staff. To obtain a courtesy card, students will need to present this form, along with their OneCard, at the Card Application Window at UW-Madison's Memorial Library.

Madison faculty and staff may obtain a courtesy card by presenting a photo ID and proof of institutional affiliation at UW-Madison Memorial Library. 

Finding Books

Browsing for occupational therapy books in libraries can be tricky.  Books on occupational therapy are shelved together in the general dewey area for applied medicine with a specific call number, 615.8515.  However, they may also be shelved by medical speciality (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, or psychiatry) or by affected body systems (e.g. the muskuloskeletal system or the nervous system).  It's recommended that you use the catalog (see box to the left) for searching.  This is much more effective than browsing.

Search for books by using the library's online catalog.  The links below will open in a new browser window.

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