Q. I found Lambuth Library books in the catalog. Now how do I find them on the shelves?
Find the Location on the catalog entry (e.g. Lambuth Campus Library - 2nd Level Stacks) and then use the Call No. to find the book on the shelf (example below).
Books are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system:
- The first line is made up of 1-3 letters, and is read in alphabetical order.
- The second line is made up of whole numbers, and is read numerically.
- The third line is called the cutter number, which usually represents the author's last name, but can also stand for the name of a corporation or the book's title. It is read first alphabetically by letter, and then the numbers are read as a decimal.
- The last line is the year of publication, and is read in chronological order.
Look at the ends of the shelf ranges or ask a library assistant for guidance.