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A call number is the unique number given to each book in the library. Call numbers are like addresses, they tell you where a book will be located in the library.
If you understand how to read a call number, it will be a lot easier for you to find books in the library.
This library uses LC call numbers (LC stands for Library of Congress), which use a combination of letters and numbers. The same exact call number can be written 2 different ways:
A call number that you find in IUCAT (the online library catalog) will look like this: CT105 .K55 1981
And that same call number will look like this on the spine of the book:
So, here's how you read a call number on the spine of a book:
And here is how this book would be placed on the shelf:
|CT 104 .P281 1930||CT 104 .P7 1830||CT 105 .H866 1995||CT 105 .K55 1981||D 105 .H43 1992|