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What is a call number?

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2015  |  181 Views

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Every item in the library has a label on the spine with a number on it, which allows library staff and students to locate it on the shelf. UNDA makes use of three different classification schemes:

1. Dewey Decimal System (Bishop Jobst Library, St Teresa's Library, St. Benedict's Library)

2. National Library of Medicine scheme (Galvin Medical Library, Benedict XVI Library)

3. Moys Classification scheme (Craven Law Library, Law collection in St Benedict's Library)

The call numbers of each of the above schemes look very different from one another, for example:

823.914 ROW 1999 (Dewey)
WX 18 CAM 1996
(NLM)
KN/30/.K1/MEN/2002
(Moys)

Ask at the Library front desk for a sheet outlining the classification scheme and what types of materials are located in each area of the Library's collection. Most libraries will use prefixes to indicate that an item belongs in a particular area of the collection, i.e. R for Reference, C for Curriculum, AV for Audio-Visual, Q for Quarto, etc.

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