How to Read a Call Number
Unlike public and school libraries, most academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification scheme to arrange books on the shelves.
Read call numbers line by line.
- First line: arranged alphabetically; P comes before PR.
- Second line: read as a whole number; 96 comes before 3426.
- Third and fourth lines: arranged alphabetically, then numerically, with the number treated as a decimal; .3723 comes before .373.
- Last line: shelved chronologically.