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Locating Books

Reading call numbers and locating books in the Main and Professional Studies Libraries are covered in this guide.

Understanding Call Numbers

Here is an example of a Library of Congress call number for the book Roman Sculpture by Diana Kleiner:

NB
115
.K57
1992

The call number has several parts to it:

NB represents a specific area of the fine arts, namely sculpture.
115 defines this book as Roman sculpture
.K57 Cutter number, which is a code for the author's last name
1992  date of publication

This call number system results in materials on related subjects being shelved in the same area. For example, if a patron goes to the book shelves to locate the call number NB 115 .K57 1992, other books on Roman sculpture would be found in the vicinity.