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A Helpful guide to the magic behind call numbers for library materials in the arts

Call Numbers Demystified

For books about the arts, the Baylor Libraries use a system devised by the Library of Congress (LC) to organize materials by subject. This guide will explain how the call numbers work and show the subdivisions that will allow you to get right to the specific areas you need.

See the tabs at the top of this page for more information.

If you want to browse various subjects, see the "Outline of LC Call Numbers" tab. 

Call numbers beginning with N are located in the Arts & Special Collections Research Center on the 3rd floor of Moody Memorial Library. 

Call numbers beginning with T are located on the 2nd floor of the Jones Library


What to do with that call number

First make sure you're in the right section (does the call number say "Oversized" or "Jumbo"?).


The letter or letters (like N or ND) are alphabetical. The next line should be a number and it works like a regular whole number (so 237 comes before 2200 and after 25) BUT the OTHER numbers in the call number (like the .R725 in the example) work like decimal numbers (so R725 comes before R78 and after R71). If you see a number at the very end that looks like a year, that's what it is, so treat that number chronologically.

If you have questions or problems finding something, let us know. We can help!

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To browse by call number, use the browse by Library of Congress option in OneSearch

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