Answered By: Samantha Martin
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016     Views: 19

Think of a call number as a book's address, with each piece of the call number getting you closer and closer to the book's location on the shelf. Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system, which is different than the Dewey Decimal System, which you may have used previously.  

Using LC classification, each call number starts a letter or letters.  In our library call numbers starting with A-E are located on the upper main level.  Call numbers starting with F-Z are located on the lower level.  On the ends of each shelf are triangle signs that indicate the range of call numbers located on that shelf. The signs are double-sided, so make sure to check each side for an indication of which aisle to go down.  

Try watching this video from Lebanon Valley College for an overview on how to read a call number.  For help locating items in our library, please ask at the User Services Desk or at the Research Desk.