|How LC Call Numbers are Arranged on the Shelves
Call Numbers Outline
How to Read LC Call Numbers
Understanding LC Call Numbers
How LC Call Numbers are Arranged on the Shelves
Physical Locations in the Library
Comparing LC with Dewey
|The first line is made
1-3 letters, and is read in alphabetical order.
|The second line is
made up of
whole numbers, and is read numerically. The numbers in this line may
sometimes have decimals.
is called the
cutter number, which usually represents the author's last name, but can
also stand for the name of a corporation or the
book's title. It is
alphabetically by letter, and then the numbers are read as a decimal.
|The last line is the
publication, and is read in chronological order.
|This call number has
cutter numbers. The first cutter number narrows the topic; in this case
.M7 stands for
Mississippi. The second cutter number on this label, I5,
represents the book's title. Both are read like the examples of cutter
the call number may be
letters or numbers designating the book's order in a series or set.
They are read either numerically (v.1, v.2, v.3, ...) or alphabetically
(ser.A, ser.B, ...). Some common examples are:
The call number may also end with a copy number (c.2, c.3, ...). This is used to tell multiple copies of the same book apart.