How are books organized within the library?
Books in the library are organized first by location, and then by call number.
For the book Beowulf, translated by Stephen Mitchell:
- Location:McPherson Library
- Call Number:PR1583 M58 2017
The location here is McPherson Library, which means the 2nd, 3rd and 3M (Third Floor Mezzanine) in McPherson Library. The call number A starts on the 3rd floor mezzanine and the numbers wind down around the floors, ending with V (Naval Sciences) on the 2nd floor. Ms (Music) are also on the 2nd floor, out of sequence but just above the music library. Ps (Literature) start on the 3rd floor and end on the 2nd floor.
See maps of locations within McPherson Library.
Other locations include Special Collections, Reserves, Law Library, (there are more) and each of these also use Library of Congress Call numbers. Our curriculum material (for grades K-12) use Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.
Learn about call numbers.