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Finding your book - how do call numbers work?

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Call numbers work like addresses. They tell you where your resource is located in the library. Call numbers are listed in the Library Catalogue, and are written horizontally.

Call Number example in the catalogue

You'll need to note the Call Number and Shelving Location to locate your book.

On the book spine, Call Numbers appear vertically. Every book or resource has a unique call number that is taped to the bottom of the book's spine.

Call numbers on book example photo

To help you find your books, there are posters on the end of each book stack letting you know the Call Number ranges and subjects found in each stack.

LC Classification Subjects

A - General Works
B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C – History - Civilization
D - History – General (not U.S.)
E - U.S. History
F - U.S. Local History and Latin American History
G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
H - Social Sciences
J - Political Science
K - Law
L - Education
M - Music
N - Fine Arts
P - Language & Literature
Q - Science
R - Medicine
S - Agriculture
T - Technology
U - Military Science
V - Naval Science
Z - Information Science

This page was adapted from the University of Toronto Library's "What is a call number?" page.