Library of Congress Classification

library-booksEver found yourself confused in your efforts to locate a book in Van Wylen? Though many public libraries use the Dewey system to organize their books, Van Wylen uses the Library of Congress classification system that utilizes letters rather than numbers to begin call numbers. Most academic libraries use the Library of Congress system because it works well with larger collections.

Priscilla Atkins, one of the reference librarians at Van Wylen, created a LibGuide to help explain the Library of Congress system. In it, you can find information on how to read a call number, shelving order in Van Wylen, and a game to help you understand the classification system.

As always, if you ever need help locating a book, feel free to stop by the Research Help desk on the first floor.

— Bethany Stripp, Library Student Blogger

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