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HIST1703 Introduction to History: How Library Items are Organized

Locating Books on the Shelves

The UWI Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification Scheme to organize publications for retrieval. The discipline of History is represented by the "D" alphanumeric span of assignments.  

The Mona Library uses Library of Congress (LC) call numbers for most of its collection.

You might be familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification System from high school or the public library.  Most tertiary institutions use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System because it accommodates larger collections and facilitates academic research. 

The Library of Congress Classification System is subject-based, classifying and arranging items by the subject matter involved.

Call Number – a combination of letters and numbers for library items. This will help you locate the item in the library.

What is a Classification Scheme?

Libraries use classification systems to organize the books on the shelves. A classification system uses letters and/or numbers (Call Numbers) to arrange the books so that books on the same topic are together. This arrangement can result in serendipitous browsing, where you find one book in the catalog, go to the shelf, and, an even better book is sitting right next to it.

The Library of Congress (LC) system is broken into 21 primary classes, or general subject areas, represented by letters.

How to Read a Call Number