Call Numbers

Call Number - A call number is a group of numbers and/or letters put together to tell you where in the library to find an item. It is usually located at the bottom of the book on the spine. Here's something to remember: Don't let it confuse you, but just because it's a call number doesn't mean it has numbers! Some call numbers are made up of letters.

Fiction Call Numbers
FIC = Fiction
McD = first 3 initials of the author's last name

“Everybody” (or Easy) Fiction Call Numbers are created the same way except a capital E is used instead of FIC.
E = Everybody (Easy) Fiction
McD = first 3 initials of the author's last name

Nonfiction Call Numbers use Dewey Decimal Numbers. A Dewey call number always has three numbers to the left of the decimal. To the right of the decimal, there is no limit on numbers. The more numbers you add to the right of the decimal, the more specific the subject is. Don’t worry, we have very few Dewey numbers that have more than 2 or 3 digits to the right of of the decimal.

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