are call numbers for?
book in the library has a unique call number. A
call number is like an address: it tells us where
the book is located in the library. Call
that the same call number can be written from
top-to-bottom, or left-to-right.
Prescott Memorial Library , like many academic libraries
in the U.S., uses Library of Congress
Classification for call numbers. This system
uses a combination of letters and numbers to
arrange materials by subjects.
Call Numbers in Shelf Order
understand how call numbers are put in order in
Library of Congress Classification, again look at
each section of the call number.
does the call number mean?
that Library of Congress Classification arranges
materials by subjects. The first sections of the
call number represent the subject of the book. The
letter-and-decimal section of the call number often
represents the author's last name. And, as you
probably recall, the last section of a call number
is often the date of publication. For
is this important to know?
Because books are classified by subject, you can
often find several helpful books on the same shelf,
or nearby. For example, within the same call number
LB2395, there are other guides for college
Library of Congress Classification arranges
materials by subjects, knowing the letter(s) for
your subject area gives you a place to start
browsing the shelves.