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- Shelving Order: LCC

A short introduction to the Library classification system, in video and text.

Once you've found the location of the shelves where your book is stored, you'll have to find the right shelf, and the book amid all the other books on the shelf.

A book's call number serves as an address for its location in the library. Understanding how the system works is like understanding North, South, East, and West.

LCC is an alpha-numeric system, but it can get a little tricky, so let's take it line by line.

A call number generally has four or five lines (when displayed on the side of a book).

The first line consists of letters, which go in alphabetical order:

E

197

.N38

2009

197

.N38

2009

GF

4

.E53

2001 v.1

4

.E53

2001 v.1

GN

2

.F5

1959

2

.F5

1959

GT

2075

.S25

2008

2075

.S25

2008

GV

11

.M4

1944

11

.M4

1944

The second line consists of numbers, and should be treated as whole numbers (18 comes before 125, etc.)

ML

18

.S9

1994

18

.S9

1994

ML

21

.M89483

21

.M89483

ML

27

.U5

G474

2010

27

.U5

G474

2010

ML

28

.B196

L37

2012

28

.B196

L37

2012

ML

32

.G7

N54

2010

32

.G7

N54

2010

The third line consists of a single letter and numbers.

Look at alphabetical order first, and then read the numbers as decimals (not whole numbers). So, for example, on the third line ".G53" would come before ".G6" because the decimal number 0.53 is smaller than 0.6.

RS

403

.C66

1984

403

.C66

1984

RS

403

.F69

1981

403

.F69

1981

RS

403

.F722

1997

403

.F722

1997

RS

403

.F8

1955

403

.F8

1955

RS

403

.F82

2010

403

.F82

2010