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    How do find a book or other library material using a call number?

Answered By: Dustin Weeks
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2017     Views: 12

Most college libraries, including DSC, use the Library of Congress call number system, also called a classification system.  On the spine of our books, you will find a sticker with a combination of letters and numbers, something that might look like this:

PS1628.M36 2003 C.1

This number looks complicated by it is pretty simple to use if you remember to read it left to right, alphabetically and numerically.  Look at the first two letters PS.  The first shelf in the library begins with the A's.  You will just move left to right until you find the P's and within the P's, the PS's.  Now within the PS's look for the number 1628.  This number can be anything between 1 and 9999.99.  Now within the PS1628's, look for letter M.  The only tricky part is to remember that when you look for the next number, 38, it is actually a decimal number since it comes after the decimal point. That's all there is to it.  Just follow the letters and numbers until you find your book.

And don't forget, this system takes some getting used to.  if you have any problems, please ask a librarian at the Research Assistance Desk for help.  We are happy to help you find a book on the shelf!

Here is an excellent 2 minute video on finding call numbers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsrafvWqyxc

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