When you are looking for a printed book or another physical item at the jajalger2018.orgrary, most often you will need a call number to find it in our collections. 

The jajalger2018.orgrary Catalogue will include some basic location details (e.g. "W.A.C. Bennett jajalger2018.orgrary (Burnaby) Curriculum Collection"), as well as a call number, for these physical items. 

How call numbers work

All print or paper copies of books in the jajalger2018.orgrary are assigned a call number, usually found on the book spine.

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The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book"s address on the jajalger2018.orgrary"s shelves or stacks. Because books on the shelves are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other.

At the jajalger2018.org jajalger2018.orgrary, we use the jajalger2018.orgrary of Congress (LC) classification system. LC call numbers are made up of letters and numbers and look something like this:

PR 8923 W6 L36 1990 c.3

Read the call number from left to right. The first part of a call number, PR 8923, consists of a combination of one or two letters and a number that indicates a specific subject area.

The next part, W6 L36, identifies a specific title within the range of books on that topic, 1990 is the date of publication, and c.3 indicates it is the third copy in the jajalger2018.orgrary.

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Finding your book once you have a call number

Once you have a call number for your book (or other item), you can use the floor plan link in the book"s Catalogue record to see the area of the jajalger2018.orgrary where you can find the book. 

Or check these jajalger2018.org jajalger2018.orgrary maps to find the location.

Steps for finding your call number on the shelf

Call numbers beginning with a single letter come before call numbers with a second letter, e.g.: P before PA, then PB, PC, and so on until PR.Once you are in the correct letter area (in this example, PR), the books are in number order, e.g.: PR 8923 comes after PR 90 and before PR 9000.The next part of the call number is read like decimals, e.g.: PR 8914 J46 1992 comes before PR 8914 J6Many books also include the year of publication. In this example it is 1990. This will help you find the right edition, if there is more than one.Using call numbers to browse the shelves

To browse a general subject area, you can start by finding the call number for a book or books on your subject, then looking at the shelves nearby.

Or you can use tools like the jajalger2018.orgrary of Congress Classification Outline to get more specific subclassifications to browse, such as: BC for Logic; MT for Music Instruction and Study; QP for Physiology. (Note that these are still large categories, and depending on the size of the jajalger2018.orgrary where you are searching, you may be overwhelmed with results!)

jajalger2018.orgrary of Congress (LC) classification system and call numbers (subject classifications)

The jajalger2018.orgrary of Congress classification system divides subjects into 21 very broad categories:

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 - LawL - EducationM - MusicN - Fine ArtsP - Language & LiteratureQ - ScienceR - MedicineS - AgricultureT - TechnologyU - Military ScienceV - Naval ScienceZ - Information Science


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