• How Are Library Books Organized?: General Information

    Learn about the classification system the Lindsey Wilson library uses!

    The library uses the Library of Congress Classification to shelve our books.

    Library of Congress Classification (LOC) is a way of organizing things based on its specific topic. It is a series of letters and numbers arranged in particular ways, starting with major categories and furthering breaking them down into subcategories, sub-subcategories, even sub-sub-subcategories. LOC is one of several classification systems used in libraries, like the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), and Bliss Bibliographic Classification (BC). However, you will see that most libraries use either DDC or LOC. Typically, you find college and university libraries using LOC and the public and school libraries using DDC.

    It is not easy to master but, with a little practice and help from your friendly Lindsey librarian, you can find just about anything that you want or need to learn about!

    What is the Library of Congress?

    The Library of Congress is the research hub for the U.S. Congress in addition to being the largest library in the world. Founded in 1800, it holds countless items within its collection, many of which are available to view online. Being such a mainstay of the American and global library community, it holds much influence over how collections are brought together, cataloged, and processed. Thus, many institutions rely on their guidance and experience to inform how they conduct themselves. Explore their collection and find more information here.

    Special Sections

    Sometimes we place items in special groups in order to help librarians and patrons find the best materials for what they are looking for. Popular Reading aka 'fun' books and DVDs are towards the main entrance of the building. Items like CDs or archival material is stored in the library's backrooms and must be specifically requested. The Curriculum Room houses are young adult, juvenile, and picture book collections along with a number of teaching tools and toys. Ask a staff member about how to best find the item(s) you are looking for.

    Use this link to access the Lindsey library catalog.

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