A call number is like an address for a house. It tells you where an item is located in a library. Each physical item owned by a library has its own unique call number.
Call numbers appear two different ways, depending on where you view them:
Note that the same call number can be written from top-to-bottom or left-to-right.
In the example below from the OneSearch Library Catalog, notice the placement of the call number in the record. Call numbers are listed after the availability of the item and its owning library.
The first letter indicates a very broad subject area, which is made more specific by adding a second and sometimes third letter.
K = Law in general
KF = Law in the United States
KFC = Law in California
Example: 32 (thirty-two) is shelved before 310 (Three hundred ten). Any number followed by a decimal point is filed decimally.
Examples: 8701 is shelved after 8700.7 8700.7 is shelved after 8700.17
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