Answered By: Georgina Martorella
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016     Views: 62

Call numbers used here at Hofstra are derived from the Library of Congress Classification System (LC) which is used to organize books on the shelves by topic (when you find your book, look in the same area for more on your topic!).  Call numbers are like an address--call numbers tell you exactly where on the library shelves you will find the book you need.  Please click here for a quick guide (University System of Georgia) to reading call numbers.

When searching for books, the place to begin is the Library Catalog.  You can search the catalog by title, author, keyword or subject.  When you identify the book you want, the call number and building/floor location will be displayed.  Clicking on the location link will give you details about the location (floor number or other area).  The call number will tell you exactly where on the shelves your book will be located.  The LC system is a subject arrangement which means books on the same or similar subjects will be grouped together on the shelf.  That means when you find a book relevant to the topic you are researching, take a minute or two to browse in that area.  You may find additional books that will be useful to you.



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