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How to read call numbers

  1. 1. How to Read Call Numbers (to help you find books) Kathleen Reis October 2010
  2. 2. A call number is a book’s address. It tells where a book can be found just like you can be found at your address. B CYR F WHI E BER
  3. 3. Everybody Books Eeverybody CARFirst 3 letters of the authors last name.
  4. 4. Fiction Books Ffiction WHIFirst 3 letters of the author’s last name.
  5. 5. Biographies Bbiography OBAFirst 3 letters of the subject’s last name.
  6. 6. Non-fiction Books Non-fiction (information books) are organized by subject and the first 3 letters of the author’s last name.
  7. 7. Subjects are divided into ten main categories. 000 – Computer science, information and general works 100 – Philosophy and psychology 200 – Religion 300 – Social sciences 400 – Language 500 – Math and science 600 – Technology and applied science 700 – Arts and recreation 800 – Literature 900 – History and geography 796 FOR 609 MCL 822.3 SHA
  8. 8. This is an example of how the books are ordered in the non-fiction section by call number. 599 RAN 599.09 BRE 599.3 COU 599.34 AND 599.9 ADA 599.91 ACH

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