The majority of the books in the St. John's University Library
are arranged on the shelf by a system used at the Library of Congress (LC).
This number appears, usually, at the bottom of the spine, on a white
label; or, on the lower left corner of the front cover if a book is
Following are examples of LC labels. |
||The label illustrated above left indicates the book
is located in the Reference Room. The label illustrated to
the right indicates the book is a circulating book and belongs on
the third floor.
Please click here for a full listing of library locations. When
clearing tables always be on the lookout for books from other
departments; and, make sure books get returned to their proper
||The first line of the label (the second line if there
was a location designator) begins the LC number and it contains
one, two or three letters.
For example, A, AS, B, K, KFX, L, Z etc.
The first sort is by these letters. The line above is sorted in
the proper order. e.g. A always comes before AB and AB always
comes before B.
||The next line is always a number. After sorting books
alphabetically by the first line, sort then by the number
on the second line.
For example: 5, 21, 911, 1013.3, 5031, etc.
||The following line or lines contain a letter
and a number and are read first alphabetically and
then in decimal numeric order.
For example: .A1, .A2, .A213, .A3, .A3123, .A4 etc.
||Following the above information there may be a year.
File chronologically only after the above sorting is done.
In order to find an item on the shelf
using its call number, you must read each part of the
call number, line by line, starting with the first line
until you have ordered the entire call number.
Reading from left to right, the following call numbers are
in correct shelf order.
When trying to locate a book:
- Notice its LOCATION (first line of the label - if no location is
given it is a circulating book and will be found on the third floor.).
- Then read the call numbers line by line
- Alphabetical Line
- Numerican line
- Alpha Numerical Decimal Line
- There may be an additional Alpha Numerical Decimal Line