Read call numbers line by line. Each piece of information directs you to a group of shelves, to a row of shelves, and then to the shelf that has your book.
Call numbers begin with letters that are read alphabetically. A call number can begin with one, two, or three letters. Single letters come before double letters, for example:
The second part of a call number is a whole number. Whole numbers are arranged from smallest to largest, for example:
The third part of a call number is a letter followed by a number. This number is a decimal number. No decimal is printed on the book, for example:
The books below are in correct order.
If you need further help with locating an item on the library shelf, ask for help at the service desk.
For a print guide on reading call numbers, go to: File:Reading Call Numbers Handout.pdf