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Understanding Call Numbers

How To Read Call Numbers

Read call numbers line by line.

Most of the library's collections have Library of Congress (LC) call numbers:

Children's Books

The Library's Children's Book Collection uses a different system.

The Main Children's Collection has call numbers like this:


Other Children's books (non-fiction as well as some religious books and fables) have Dewey Decimal call numbers:

Using Call Numbers to Find Books & Videos

The Library Catalog gives you a call number for each item as well as a location.

The location is a general area of the library such as Main Collection, New Arrivals, Reference, or Oversize.

Special stickers help to identify these locations:

New Arrivals   Reference Books


Oversize & Delicate Books



Main Collection
(no special sticker)

About this Guide

This guide was adapted from the Understanding Call Numbers guide created by Jennifer Sharkey at Illinois State University's Milner Library.