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I don't understand these call numbers for finding books. How do I interpret them?

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016  |  85 Views
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Montgomery College Libraries, like many college and university libraries, used the Library of Congress call number system.  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. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects. To find the call number for a book, you need to search the MC Library Catalog.  Each book in the catalog has a record which gives information about the book such as title, author, and location including which campus library owns the book and the call number of the book.  Below is an example of location information found in the MC Library Catalog:

Location:
Takoma Park Circulating Collection
  • Call Number: LB 2395 .C65 1991 (This is the call number for your book)
  • Number of Items: 2
    Status:
  • Not Charged

How to Read the Number:

The MC Libraries arrange the books alphabetically by the call numbers.  To locate this book, you would go alphabetically into the stacks to LB.  Once you see LB, you then go numerically to 2395.  The next step will be the third line alphabetically to C65 and the year to find the exact location of this book.

There are map locations posted in each campus library which directs you to which floor or location holds which call numbers.  If you cannot find a particular item, please go to the reference desk for further assistance.

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