Answered By: Steve Runge Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016 Views: 486
Call numbers in BC Libraries follow the Library of Congress Classification (LC) System. Each call number starts with letters, which classify works by subject area. For example, all numbers starting with B are related to Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion, and call numbers starting with BV are related to "Practical Theology."
In a catalog record, click on the blue Locate link for a map and exact shelf location.
When you know the shelf location, it can still be tricky to find the location of an individual book. This is how the sequencing works:
Here is a sample of call numbers in order, corresponding to books on the shelf from left to right:
BV4501.3 .S56 2002
BV4501.3 .S65 2003
BV4501.3 .V35 2005
BV4501.3 .W37 2010
BV4501.3 .W53 2001
BV4501.3 .W5427 2005
BV4501.3 .W578 2008
BV4501.3 .Z66 2011
BV4502 .D67 2005
Just remember, if there's a period, read it like a decimal: .W5427 comes before .W578