Knowing how to read a book’s CALLNUMBER is important because FICTIONBOOKS and NON-FICTION BOOKS have different kinds of CALL NUMBERS!
And FICTION BOOKS and NON-FICTIONBOOKS live in different parts of our library!4 DIFFERENT FICTION SECTIONS Freestanding Book Cases in theBook Cases All Along the Walls Middle of the Room
The first part of a book’s CALL NUMBER tells you if the book is aFICTION book, or if it lives in the NON- FICTION section of the library. 328.5 F E DIA DIA DIA
If the CALL NUMBER starts with aLETTER, then the book lives in one of our FICTION sections. E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA EASY FICTION FICTION BOOK BOOK (F= FICTION (E = EASY) FOR OLDER STUDENTS)
If the CALL NUMBER starts witha NUMBER, then the book lives in the NON-FICTION section. E 328.5 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA NON- FICTION BOOK
Now you know, just from looking atthe FIRST PART of the CALL NUMBER what general area of the library the book lives in. F E 328.5 328.5 E F DIA DIA DIAEASY FICTION NON-FICTION FICTION SECTION SECTION SECTION
E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIANow let’s look at the second part of a CALL NUMBER.
E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIAThe second part of a CALL NUMBERusually tells you the FIRST 3 LETTERS of the AUTHOR’S last name.
E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIAIn this example, all three of these CALL NUMBERS show that theAuthor’s Last Name starts with the letters “DIA.”
E E 328.5 F F DIA DIA DIA But two are FICTION BOOKS…(Rememer, we know this because the CALL NUMBER starts with a letter!)
E 328.5 328.5 F DIA DIA DIAAnd one is a NON-FICTION book.(The CALL NUMBER starts with a number!)
Why are the LAST 3 LETTERS ofthe AUTHOR’S LAST NAME important? E 328.5 DIA DIA DIA F DIA DIA
FICTION BOOKS are filed on the shelvesALPHABETICALLY by the Author’s Last name. FDIA F F F DAP DAS F DEA DE F F M DER F DIA DIM F DIM
NON-FICTION BOOKS work the same way, except that they are filed NUMBERICALLY FIRST. This book will be in the 300’s area of the 328.5 328.5 NON-FICTION SECTION, numerically filed from the smallest number to the greatest number. DIA 327.8 328 328.2 328.5 328.5 328.5 329
All books with the same exact number willbe further organized ALPHABETICALLY by the AUTHOR’s LAST NAME. 328.5 DIA 328.5 DIA 328.5 DUP 328.5 329 FRI AME
You can find ANY book in the library by using its CALL NUMBER.
If you don’t know a book’s CALLNUMBER, you can find it by looking the book up on the Library’s computers. Glenoaks Elementary School Home Catalog Glenoaks Elementary
Say you want to read Artemis Fowl but you don’t know the author’sname or what the CALL NUMBER is.
Type the book’s TITLE into thecomputer’s search box and click the TITLE button. Artemis Fowl Glenoaks Elementary
The computer will show you if ourlibrary has a copy of Artemis Fowl.
Just below the book’s TITLE, you will find the CALL NUMBER.
The first part of the CALL NUMBER starts with the letter “F”. F Remember: FICTION BOOKS have CALL NUMBERS that start with a letter.
Artemis Fowl is a FICTION book for older students. We know this because the CALLNUMBER has an ”F” in it. The “F” stands for “Fiction.”
If you can’t remember where Fiction books for older students are located,there are signs to help you find your way.Signs on top ofbookcasesSigns on both wallsabove the Fictionbookcases
We now know the general areaof the library where we can find the book Artemis Fowl. But how do we know EXACTLY where it lives?
We go back to the book’s CALL NUMBER! REMEMBER: the second part of the CALL NUMBER stands for what?
The second part of a CALL NUMBER is usually the first three letters of the AUTHOR’S LAST NAME. “COL” = COLFER (Author Eoin Colfer’s last name)
Artemis Fowl will be in the “C” sectionwith authors who also have last names that start with the letter “C.”
The letter signs and the shelf labelscan help you find the right section!Letter Signs in Fiction Section Labels on edges of book shelves
Once you find the “C” section inFICTION, look for the book with the matching CALL NUMBER. HINT: The CALL NUMBERS will be in ALPHABETICAL ORDER!
Look carefully! There are many books in our library whose author’slast names start with the letters COL.
Those books will all have the same EXACT call number!
Since FICTION BOOKS are filed ALPHABETICALLY by the author’s last name, books by Eoin Colfer will come BEFORE booksby Suzanne Collins, Tim Collins & Carlo Collodi.
Here it is! You found Artemis Fowl by using thecomputer and the book’s CALL NUMBER!
Please make sure that when youput a book back on the shelf, theSPINE of the book is facing you!