Answered By: Chris Shaver
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2023     Views: 88

Books and periodicals (including the current issues of periodicals as well as the bound issues) are shelved according to the Library of Congress call number. This classification system was designed to group library materials of similar subject concentration together.

The vast majority of materials in the University Libraries have Library of Congress call numbers.

There is a second classification scheme used, however, for some materials issued by the agencies of the U.S. federal government. Many, but not all, materials received from the federal government have Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) call numbers which groups materials by agency rather than by subject. SuDocs call numbers often contain punctuation marks like slashes and colons.

Location guides are posted on every stack or bookstack to assist you in locating where materials are shelved.

In summary, at the Newman Library, books and bound journals, and other items are located according to this scheme:

  • 2nd floor: A-Z, Open Knowledge Collection, Popular Reading Collection, DVDs
  • 3rd floor: A-S, Juvenile, Scripts, Microforms
  • 5th floor: T-Z, Government Documents (SuDocs), Folio, Maps Folio, Cassettes, CDs and Slides

Please also visit other branch libraries for information about the locations of their items.

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