Answered By: Brian O'Donnell
Last Updated: Sep 08, 2021     Views: 3239

Each book, DVD, thesis and other items in the library has a call number.

A call number is the combination of numbers and letters that indicates where an item can be found in the library.

A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. This number may also be referred to as the ‘Shelf number’, ‘Class number’ or ‘Dewey number’ and you will see it when you search the library catalogue online:


LIT Libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification System to arrange books and other library materials by subjects. Because books are classified by subject, you can find related books on the same shelf, or nearby.

Most call numbers are located on the spine of a book:


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