Call Numbers are used to find, reshelve, and organize books and other materials on the shelves. The FIU Libraries, and most academic libraries, use the Library of Congress Classification.
Types of Call Numbers
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Call numbers are meant to be read just like words. Treat them like a road map when trying to locate a book or other material on the shelves. They are usually located on the spine of a book, or the front of the item.
Parts of the Call Number
PS3200 - the subject area where the book is located
.P82 - additional information about the book, sometimes more than one line
2008 - year of publication
Call Numbers in Progression on the Shelf
Call numbers are arranged in alphanumeric order on the shelves. Therefore, this call number would appear in progression as:
PS3200 PS3200 PS3200
.M435 .P82 .T908
1998 2008 2003