A call number is an address. It tells you where the book (or DVD or print Journal) is located within the library. A book’s call number appears in the University of Toronto Library catalogue, which you can access at the top of the UTM library website. In the library catalog, the call number is written horizontally
On the book spine, it appears vertically, making it easier to find a specific call number on the shelves. Each book (or other item) has its own unique call number, which is taped to the lower outside edge of the book’s spine.
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LC Classification Subject Divisions
A - General WorksB - Philosophy, Psychology, ReligionC – History - CivilizationD - History – General (not U.S.)E - U.S. HistoryF - U.S. Local History and Latin American HistoryG - Geography, Anthropology, RecreationH - Social SciencesJ - Political ScienceK - Law
L - EducationM - MusicN - Fine ArtsP - Language & LiteratureQ - ScienceR - MedicineS - AgricultureT - TechnologyU - Military ScienceV - Naval ScienceZ - Information Science
The University of Toronto Library catalogue allows you to browse the shelves at all libraries or a specific library from your computer.
- Search for books on your topic by doing a Keyword search in the librarycatalogue.
- Choose a book in your results that closely matches your topic of interest.
- Click on its call number. You will be redirected to browse the shelves.
- The default for Shelf Browse allows you to wander through the books of all the libraries in the system. If you want a specific library, click on “Select specific library” and choose the library of your choice.
- When you click on the cover icon for a book, below it there will appear the words view details. If you click on this text, you can see the full catalogue record for an item, including which libraries own a copy and where in the library you can find the item.
Library of Congress call numbers are arranged alphabetically and numerically. Read call numbers from left to right and from top to bottom.
LC call numbers begin with letters that represent subject divisions. Following the initial letters are numbers that help define the subject of the material.
This call number system allows materials on related subjects to be shelved in the same area. For example, if a patron goes to the book shelves to locate the call number QP376 .A4225 2009, other books on Neurophysiology will be found nearby.
Letters in the first line of the call number are shelved in alphabetical order.
Q QA QM RM
The second line of a call number is shelved in numerical order.
QA QA QA QA50 55 76 76.15
The third line is the trickiest part of the call number. The letter is shelved alphabetical. The numbers, however, are shelved in decimal order as if there was an invisible decimal between the letter and the number.
QR QR QR QR450 450 450 450.K346 .K40 .K5 .L11
The final lines of the call numbers may include dates, volume indicators, and copy numbers. These annotations are read after the call number.
QM QM QM QM10 10 10 10C3 C3 C3 C3 1933 1990 1996
|QP||represents a specific area of science, i.e. Physiology|
|376||defines book as Neurophysiology|
|.A4225||is a code for the author's last name, i.e. Allen|
|2009||the year of publication|
This material has been adapted from the following websites:http://www.lib.k-state.edu/help/lccn.htmlandhttp://www.ryerson.ca/library/subjects/guidecallnos.html.