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Understanding Call Numbers: Order of books on the shelf

Call Numbers: Locating items in the Library

How to find a library material (LC call no.)

How to find library books on the shelf (LC call no.)

The following picture illustrates the shelving order of library materials on the our shelves. After you have got to the bookshelf with the help of the Locate button and floor plans, you will know where to pull out your desired item. Note that Chinese and English books in the same subject area are interfiled.

How to find an English language material from a bookshelf (Dewey call no.)

How to find English language books on the shelf (Dewey call no.)

The following picture illustrates the shelving order of English books classified using the Dewey Decimal system:

Sometimes, the second part of a call number is a subject reference, instead of an author reference. For example:

How to find a Chinese language material from a bookshelf (Lai call no.)

How to find Chinese language books on the shelf (Lai call no.)

The following picture illustrates the shelving order of Chinese books classified using the Lai system:

Some Lai call numbers have slash / after the classification number. It is a subject reference to a particular person. The following picture explains the shelving order.

 

How to find a Chinese language material from a bookshelf (CLC call no.)

How to find Chinese language books on the shelf (CLC call no.)

The following picture illustrates the shelving order of Chinese books classified using the CLC call numbers:

Some CLC call numbers have dash - or brackets (). Dash represents a subdivision. Brackets () represents a place. The following picture explains the shelving order.