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Did you know that the call number — the number placed on the spine of the book — is a code, which provides valuable information about the book?
Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address; it tells us where the book is located in the library.
Call numbers appear on the spines of books and in the online catalog (CUNY+).
What are call numbers for?
Note that the same call number can be written from top to bottom, or left to right.
The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library uses Library of Congress Classification (LC) for call numbers. It is a combination of letters and numbers representing various subjects. LC is used in most academic libraries. School and public libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification, with decimals and numbers.
The Library of Congress Classification arranges materials by subjects. The first sections of the call number represent the subject of the book. The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name. And the last section of a call number is often the date of publication.
Because books are classified by subject, you often find several helpful books on the same shelf, or nearby. For example, within the same call number LB2395, there are guides for college study.
Below is an outline of the Library of Congress Classification system:
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