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Libraries using Dewey Decimal Classification
Libraries using Library of Congress Classification
A call number, also known as a classification number, is the numerical or alpha-numerical string of numbers and letters that libraries use to identify, organize, and find individual items on library shelves.
All print or paper copies of books in the library are assigned a call number, usually found on the book spine (this is often referred to as a spine label).
The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book's address on the library's shelves, also known as stacks. Because books on the shelves are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other.
Spine Label Examples:
Dewey Decimal Fiction Library of Congress
The Dewey Decimal Classification System is a classification system by which libraries organize their Non-Fiction collections numerically by subject. The system divides all knowledge into 9 basic subject classes, ranging numerically from 000-999. All Dewey Decimal call numbers are at least 3 digits long, and may be further extended by the use of decimal numbers. Each digit of a Dewey Decimal number signifies a level of subject specificity.
Dewey Decimal # 730-779
The entire 700s range of Dewey numbers is designated for the Arts, including painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, music, recreation, and sports. The 730-739 range is dedicated to works of sculpture; the 740-749 range is dedicated to the graphic and decorative arts; the 750-759 range is dedicated to painting and paintings; the 760-769 range is dedicated to printmaking and prints; and the 770-779 range is dedicated to photography, cinematography, videography, and computer art. If you wish to browse the library collection in search of a book about Art, this would be a good place to start, though it would be wise to note that this section is large, and if you are not comfortable with browsing the Dewey Decimal System, you may wish to ask the librarian for assistance in finding what you need.
The Library of Congress Classification System is a classification system by which libraries organize their Non-Fiction collections alpha-numerically by subject. The system divides all knowledge into 21 basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are further divided into more specific subclasses, identified by two-letter combinations. Following these alphabetical headings, each topic is assigned a single number or a span of numbers. Whole numbers used in LCC may range from one to four digits in length, and may be further extended by the use of decimal numbers.
Library of Congress # N
The N range of Library of Congress call numbers is designated for topics related to Art. Within this range, each two-letter class focuses on a specific topic:
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