How Do I… Find Books on the Shelf?
Reading A Call Number
We organize our books using Library of Congress call numbers, which are arranged alphabetically, then by number.
For example, let’s look at this call number:
Because books are arranged alphabetically, all of the B call numbers would come first, then all of the BA call numbers, then BB, etc. Our call number would be found after BE and before BG.
Within the BF call numbers, books are arranged in numerical order, from low to high. Our call number would be found after BF1406 and before BF1408
The last part of our call number has a letter and a number. Read the letter alphabetically, then the number as a decimal. Since it is a decimal, .B39 would come before .B4 (.B38, .B39, .B4, .B41).
Finding Books in Holland & Terrell
If you only know the Call Number, but no other information, you can follow the directions below:
- If you have the correct spacing in your call number, you can input the Call Number into Search It directly.
- If you do not know the correct spacing, please navigate to the Browse Search Library of Congress Call Numbers within Search It. From there, you can input the Call Number and your item should be the first result.
If your book is located in the Holland & Terrell Libraries, you are able to use a functionality called “Map It” within Search It, so you know which floor and stack number you can find your book on. Map It is a button at the top of a physical item after you click on it in Search It that will show you exactly where the item is located.
A map of the floor the item is on will be shown, with the correct stack highlighted and labelled.
Finding Books in Other Libraries
In the Animal Health Library and Owen Library please find physical locations denoted by maps or ask a librarian at the circulation desk for help
If you have problems locating an item, we are happy to help!