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Library Classification System: What is the Library Classification System?

Learn how to find books and videos on the shelves using the library's classification system.

What is the Classification System

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What is the Library Classification System?


Good question! A library classification system is the way that books, videos, and other items are put in order on the shelf. In other words, it is how we find the things we have in the library.

Try as libraries may to make things easy, the library's classification system can be confusing. This is just a quick guide to explain the way items are shelved in the library.

If you still can't find what you are looking for, ask a librarian! Use the Get Help! tab to find out how to contact one.

Is the LC System easy to browse?

Print the Guide to the Library Classification System below or ask for a copy at the Ask a Librarian desk.

You can also use the online catalog to search for materials in the library. When you find an item you are interested in, pay attention to which library owns it and write down it's call number to find it on the shelf.

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