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Q. How do I find a book on the shelf?

Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 71

Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf             

Call number 'LB 2395 .C65 1991' on the spine of a book and in the online catalog

Read call numbers line by line.


Read the first line in alphabetical order:

A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML…


Read the second line as a whole number:

1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430…


The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:

.C65 = .65 .C724 = .724

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.


The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:

1985, 1991, 1992...


If you have any problems finding a book on the shelf, please ask the staff at the Library Helpdesk for assistance.

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