Call Numbers
At the Van Pelt Library, we use three different systems to organize our materials:
Here are the basic principles for organizing LC call numbers:
If the top three lines are the same, note that some fourth lines contain dates, others are composed of a combination of numerals and letters like the third line.
o The dates distinguish different editions of the same title. Call numbers containing dates on the fourth line are shelved after volumes with the same information on lines one, two and three but no date on the fourth line.
o Call numbers with dates on the fourth line are followed by call numbers with letters and numbers on this line. These should be arranged according to the alphabetical/numeral decimal pattern of the third line.
o The last line on an LC call number is volume number. It will be denoted by either V., Vol. most of the time.
The accession number system is easy. First, you put the top numbers in order and then you focus on the bottom numbers. Please do not reshelve videos. Please put them between the book ends on top of the video filing cabinet.
HOW TO READ CALL NUMBERS
All books and journals are assigned call numbers. Use them to locate items on the shelves.
A call number in Franklin looks like: A call number on the spine/front of a book looks like:
PN127.P64 B56 2003
PN
127
P64
B56
2003
TO FIND CALL NUMBERS ON THE SHELVES… 
READ EACH PART… 

P 
P 
P 
PN 
PN 
PN 
PS 
Alphabetically 
89 
89 
89 
127 
127 
127 
41 
Numerically, as a whole number 



.5 
.502 
.6 

Numerically, as a decimal 
.A59 
.A6 
.A6 
.A7 
.A3 
.B26 
.G3 
Alphabetically and then Numerically, as a decimal 
F7 

A3 

T77 


Alphabetically and then numerically, as a decimal 

1958 
1946 
1999 
1984 


Chronologically, as a year 