Answered By: MVCC Reference Librarian
Last Updated: May 19, 2020     Views: 38

The library arranges materials on the shelf according to the Library of Congress Classification System. This system is different from the Dewey Decimal system used by most public and K-12 school libraries, but the idea is the same. 

Once you have found a book in the library's online catalog, look for the location information:

result from catalog with location information highlighted

The item above is available for use, located in Utica, in the Stacks 
(shelves on the left side of the library as you enter). The numbers and letters after this location information is the call number.

The books are arranged on the shelf in order, with A call numbers at the front of the library, and Z call numbers located in the back by the silent study area and men's room. Each shelf is labeled with the range of call numbers it contains. Each book has its call number on the spine:


How to read a call number

Can't find your book? Ask for help at the Reference Desk, or text 315-508-4464 to have a librarian come to you!