Library of Congress Classification

The JSCC Library arranges books by the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Each book has its own "call number" to mark its location. In the the call number can be found under "Call Number". If you need help finding a book,

The LC system groups books by subject. Call numbers begin with letters that refer to a subject:

A

General Works

M

Music

B-BJ

Philosophy

N

Fine Arts

BL-BX

Religion

PA-PM

Language

C

History (general)

PN-PZ

Literature

D

Universal and Old World History

Q

Sciences

E-F

American History

R

Medicine

G

Geography & Anthropology

S

Agriculture

H

Social Sciences

T

Technology

J

Political Science

U

Military Science

K

Law

V

Naval Science

L

Education

Z

Library Science

Listed below are examples of proper call number arrangements on the shelf. Letters refer to broad subject areas, and the numerical sequence refers to subdivisions.

LB
372
.F9

PE
2756
.B436

PE
2756
.B47

Arranged by letters
2nd by number
3rd by letter and then by number decimally
(do not read the number on the last line as a single number (in the second example, read as 4, then 3, then 6, not 436)

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