Using Call Numbers
To find the book you want in this Library, you need to know the book's CALL NUMBER. Call numbers can be found in the library catalog. Every book has a label on the spine with this special number. It usually looks like this:
|R||the first two lines tell you about the subject of the book|
|W44||this is usually the first letter of the author's last name|
|1996||this tells you the date of the book was published|
Step #1: Write Down That Call Number
Then look at the first letter (or letters) Write down the call number of your book. Read the first letter of your book's call number, then read the second letter, if there is one. In the example above, you first want to find out where "R" section is downstairs on the shelf. When you go downstairs, the letters A-JC are to your right. Letters JC-QK are to your left. The letters QL-Z and oversize books (OV) are on the shelves right in front of you. For example,
|R||comes before||RA||which comes before||RM|
Step #2: Read the Number Below It
Next, look at the number below this letter. In the first example, that would be "733". On the shelves books are first put in order by letter, then are in number order (R1, R2, R3, .... R100 .... R733, for example).
Step #3: Read the Last Part as a Decimal
Now read the last part of the call number. Here, the arrangement is also alphabetical but the number is read as a decimal (.62 and .7).
The last four digits is the publication year, so you note quickly how old or recent the book is!