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UNLV Libraries -> Architecture Studies Library -> Finding and Using Resources -> Module 1:Finding your way -> Reading Call Numbers

Our ASL materials are shelved by call number* -- Here's how:

Note: Materials on the second floor of the ASL all begin with the letter "N" . Call numbers "A" to "Z" OTHER than "N" are on the first floor. Also, note that locations "ARCH" and "ARCH OVERSIZE" are all the same (i.e. Arch Book Stacks)
Find out what the major call numbers areas stand for in the CALL NUMBER CLASSIFICATION outline.

1. First, the materials are shelved by location "ARCH" and then alphabetically by the first line of the call number:

ARCH
N
2455
J44
T3

comes
before
ARCH
NA
1220
F6
T4
comes
before
ARCH
NC
171
A8
N6
comes
before
ARCH
NK
171
F14
G7
2. If the first lines are the same, proceed to the next line. This line is shelved numerically:
ARCH
NA
41
S34
F4
comes
before
ARCH
OVERSIZE
NA
47
B2
J67
comes
before
ARCH
NA
47.5
G6
M67
comes
before
ARCH
NA
135
D5
A6
3. If the first two lines are the same, then proceed to the next line:
ARCH
HT
41
B46
comes
before
ARCH
HT
41
B5
comes
before

ARCH
HT
41
B6

comes
before
ARCH
HT
41
C26
The numbers on the third line are seen as decimals (even though the decimal point is not there!). .46 is smaller than .5, so it would be shelved first (to the left). B6 comes before C26 because materials are shelved first alphabetically, then numerically.

*Call numbers are assigned to each book and item on the Libraries' shelves. Each call number is composed of letters and numbers, and indicates a subject. For instance the letters NA on the top line represent the subject Architecture.





Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:31 PST