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Library of Congress (LC) Classification Outline

The Library of Congress (LC) classification system is most often used in university libraries.  Items that have LC call numbers with letters beginning before U are mainly located on the fifth floor of Morris Library. Items that have LC call numbers at the end of the alphabet are mainly located on the fourth floor of Morris Library  Dewey books are stored at the basement.

 

A --  General works

B --  Philosophy Psychology. Religion

C --  Auxiliary sciences of history

D --  History: General and Old World

E  --  History: America

F --   History: America

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 Science

 

      

    How to Read Library of Congress (LC) Call Numbers

    LB
    Read the first line in alphabetical order:
    A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

    2395
    Read the second line as a whole number:
    1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

    .C65
    The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:
    .C65 = .65 .C724 = .724

    Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

    1991
    The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
    1985, 1991, 1992... 

        

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