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Q. What is a classmark and how do I use it to find a book?

Answered By: Kyle Brady
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2018     Views: 3813

Classmarks are used to organise books according to subject area. Libraries generally use classmarks to group items of a similar subject together, which in turn makes browsing the shelves easier.

Our classmarks are based on the Library of Congress Classification system. They consist of a mixture of letters, a whole number (the number before the point), and decimal numbers (all the numbers after the point).

A useful summary of LCC can be found here.

If you need any help finding a book in the Library, please ask the staff at the Library Service Desk.