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What do the call numbers mean?

 

The call number tells you where on the shelf you can find the item:

Codes for Biography, Fiction, and Genre Fiction
Call Number Description Example Location
B + name Biography B EINSTEIN, A All grouped in one area, alphabetically by name

FIC + author's last name

Adult Fiction FIC DICKENS All grouped together, alphabetically by author
W + author's last name Adult Western W LAMOUR Grouped together alphabetically by author
M + author's last name Adult Mystery M CHRISTIE Grouped together alphabetically by author
S + author's last name Science Fiction S ASIMOV Grouped together alphabetically by author
SS + author's last name (or first word in title, if multiple authors) Short Story SS POE or
SS BEST
Grouped together alphabetically by author
Codes for Children's materials (Juvenile)
Call Number Description Example
J + author's last name Children's fiction J SNICKET

J + call number

Children's nonfiction J 973 UNITED
JB + name Children's biography JB TWAIN, M
JE + author's last name Children's Easy Reader JE SEUSS
JPB + author's last name Children's picture book JPB SENDAK
R J + call number Children's Reference R J909.07 MIDDLE
Special location and format codes
Call Number Description
LT + call number Large Type edition

R + call number

Reference
(non-circulating)
CASS + call number Cassette tape
CD + call number Compact disc
CD-ROM + call number CD-ROM
VIDEO + call number Videotape
DVD + call number DVD
Foreign Language codes
Call Number Description
SP + call number item is in Spanish

CH + call number

item is in Chinese

FA + call number

item is in Farsi
FR + call number item is in French
HI + call number item is in Hindi
JA + call number item is in Japanese
RU + call number item is in Russian
TG + call number item is in Tagalog
VI + call number item is in Vietnamese


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