Finding Books: Call Numbers

Learn how to find books in Minerva, MaineCat, WorldCat, CREDO and how to find eBooks

What is the purpose of call numbers?

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.

Call numbers appear ... on the spines of books ... and ... in the online catalog

Note that the same call number can be written from top-to-bottom, or left-to-right.

Courtesy of Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University

How do you read call numbers?

Read call numbers line by line

Courtesy of Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University