At HKBU Library, every physical library resource (e.g. a printed book, DVD, music CD, journal issue, etc.) has a unique call number.
A call number is a string of numbers which consists of:
Some call numbers also contain:
|Call no. in its entirety||Name of collection||Subject classification no.||Author ref.||Pub. year (optional)||Vol. no./Copy ID|
|[LC] PN6101 .B395 2018||PN6101||.B395||2018|
|[LC] PL3097.M3 L528 2019||PL3097.M3||L528||2019|
|[LC] PL2507 .Q57 2018 v.32 LargeSet||LargeSet||PL2507||.Q57||2018||v.32|
|005.7565 M931M 2012||005.7565||M931M||2012|
|RHK 016.03 0211 1965||RHK||016.03||0211||1965|
|S F2 J21A no.513-516 2013||S||F2||J21A||no.513-516 2013|
|873.5984/6584 6823.1 2006||873.5984||/6584 6823.1||2006|
|AVI 791.4372 H249C no.1 c.2||AVI||791.4372||H249C||no.1 c.2|
|LargeSet 083 2426 v.1||LargeSet||083||2426||v.1|
Items in the Library are arranged according to their call numbers. In other words, a call number gives the exact "address" of a library item. You may find the call number of the item you want from OneSearch first, and then use it to find the corresponding bookshelf, and the item. Every item has a call number label stamped to it. For example, the call number label of a book is stamped on its spine.
In the OneSearch record, the text [LC] is added to call numbers which use the Library of Congress Classification system. This is to help you distinguish them from another similar-looking classification system previously used by the Library, which also uses letters as subject classes. These older call numbers don’t have the [LC] text.
The name of library collection e.g. [R], [RHK], [T], [LargeSet], etc. appears at the end of a call number which uses the Library of Congress Classification system. The Library does not put the name of library collection in English letters at the beginning of the call number in order to avoid confusion with subject class letters.
This Guide is the result of a collaborative effort between library staff from the Information Services and the Metadata and Cataloguing Services Cluster.
Should you need any assistance to locate the book,
visit Information Desk (Level 3) of the Main Library.
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