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Call Numbers - How to Locate a Book

focuses on locating material in the UCF Main Library by Library of Congress call numbers

Book Locations - John C. Hitt Library

General Collection call numbers starting with letters:

A through F 1st floor
G through M 3rd floor
N through Z 4th floor
  Oversized Collection    
A through Z 3rd floor
  Bound Journals - see General Collection above    
  Microfilm & Microfiche   3rd floor
  Current Issues   3rd floor
  Florida Documents   1st floor
  Music, CDs, etc.   3rd floor
  Patents & Trademarks   1st floor
  Reference   2nd floor
  Reference  - Microfiche   1st floor
  Special Collections   5th floor
  U.S. Documents   1st floor
  U.S. Documents - Microfiche   1st floor
  Videos, Films, etc.   3rd floor

Library of Congress System

Understanding the Parts of the Call Number

Most books in the UCF Main Library are organized on the shelves by call number -- a combination of letters and numbers using the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.

Example: Travels of William Bartram (New York: Dover, 1955) - Location: Main Library General Collection - 1st Floor -- F213.B288 1955

Read the call number line by line or section by section, e.g.,


Read the first line or section in alphabetical order:

A, B, BC, BD..., E, F..., H, HA, HB, HC..., T, TA, TC, TD...

Read the second line or section as a number:

1, 2, 3, 55, 87, 100, 101, 213, 850, 1000, 5325...

If the number in the second section includes a decimal, read the second portion as a decimal number:

128, 128.15, 128.18, 128.25, 128.3, 128.33, 128.4...

The third line or section is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically, Read the number as a decimal:

.A98, .B2, .B21, .B219, .B28, .B288, .B3, .B3899, .C1...

Some call numbers have more than one letter-number combination section.

The last line is the publication date, read in chronological order:

1791, 1874, 1955, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2012...