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How to Find Items and Read Call Numbers

The GBC Library uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) as call numbers. It is different from the Dewey Decimal System in that it uses both letters and numbers. The letter(s) at the beginning of the call number mean something. The following is a broad definition of the letters. "I", "O", "W", "X" and "Y" are not used.

Library of Congress Classification

A. GENERAL WORKS
B. PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
C. AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
D. WORLD HISTORY AND HISTORY OF EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, ETC.
E. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS GENERAL
F. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS LOCAL
G. GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION
H. SOCIAL SCIENCES
J. POLITICAL SCIENCE
K. LAW
L. EDUCATION
M. MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC
N. FINE ARTS
P. LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Q. SCIENCE
R. MEDICINE
S. AGRICULTURE
T. TECHNOLOGY
U. MILITARY SCIENCE
V. NAVAL SCIENCE
Z. BIBLIOGRAPHY. LIBRARY SCIENCE. INFORMATION RESOURCES

Parts of a Call Number

Read call numbers line by line:

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  • Read the first line in alphabetical order. For example: A, B, BF, C, D, L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML, etc.
  • Read the second line as a whole number. For example: 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430, etc.
  • The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers.
    • Read the letter alphabetically.
    • Read the number as a decimal. For example: .C65 = .65, .C724 = .724.
    • Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.
  • Read the fourth line as the year the book was published. Chronological order. For example: 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, etc.

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Great Basin College Library
McMullen Hall
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
775-753-2222

Why Great Basin College

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