Library of Congress Call Numbers A guide to finding books in the Monroe Community College LibrariesBy Lori Annesi, Pam Czaja, Alice Harrington and Mike McCullough
• By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to find library materials using call numbers.• Think of a call number as an address. It tells you where the materials are located in the library.
Each book has a unique call number located:• on the spine and• in the library’s online catalog
Call Numbers…• consist of letters and numbers;• are based on the Library of Congress Classification System which organizes items by subject;• contain at least three lines, read line by line, top to bottom. LB 2365 .C65 1991
• The first line is one or two letters which represent the subject. Single letters are filed before double letters. BF E H HD PS QA• Read the second line in numerical order. BF BF BF BF 412 479 480.2 695
• The third line is made up of letters and numbers. Read it in alphabetical order. BF BF BF BF BF 412 412 412 412 412 .B58 .I33 .R167 .S595 .T123• Additional lines may tell you the publication year of the book, the volume or the part number. BF 412 .B58 1970
• Damon City Campus library materials will have CITY on the first line. LVG materials will not have special lettering. CITY QA KF 276.18 4505 .A44 .B5 2003 2004• Additional lettering, designating special collection areas, may be added (career, reference, etc.).
Conclusion• Call numbers are alphabetical, organized by subject, and used to locate library materials.• Click to print a brochure on call numbers.• If you need more assistance ask a Librarian. Go to Library Research Guides Updated 8/2012