books in a pileCall Numbers organize information

where's that book?

What would you do if you walked into the library and all the books were piled all over the place?

Just joking. Libraries label and organize stuff so you don't have to spend hours looking for what you need.

If you understand the system a little, you'll be able to find books quicker and easier. If you understand it well, the system can help you find more books on your topic.


After reading about How Books are Organized, you should be able to:

  • identify the two primary classification systems
  • identify the purpose of the first line of call numbers
  • identify how call numbers show different approaches to a broad topic
  • identify how call numbers handle books about multiple subjects

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updated: 2 March, 2011