Ingram Library Tutorial
CIRCULATING COLLECTION (Stacks)
The Circulating Collection, or Stacks as it is sometimes called, is located
on the Second
Floors of the Library.
The following chart outlines the specific floor materials may be found on:
|Books (call numbers beginning with the letters A-K)
|Books (call numbers beginning with the letters L-Z)
||Interfiled with books by call number
How is the collection organized?
- Books and other materials in the Stacks are organized by the Library of Congress
(LC) Classification System – a combination of letters and numbers that
indicates the location or “address” of an item in the library.
- Each book in the Library has its own unique call number which is taped to the
lower outside edge of the book’s spine and/or the book’s front cover.
- Books written about the same subject have similar call numbers, which groups
them together on the shelf, making it easier for you to browse the Library collection
on a specific topic.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Ingram Library the Library of Congress (LC) classification system, which uses
both letter and numbers (alphanumeric) to assign call numbers to materials and
to arrange them on the shelves. The Library of Congress classification system
divides knowledge into 21 classes, and then into subclasses and subtopics using
a combination of letters and numbers. Materials are then arranged by the LC
call number on the shelves, making them easier to locate. Materials about specific
topics will be located on the shelves adjacent to materials on the same topic
or similar topics.
The general breakdown for the Library of Congress Classification Schedule is
|| History: Auxiliary Sciences (history of civilization; archaeology; genealogy;
|| History: General and Old World
|| History: Americas (Western Hemisphere)
|| Geography, Anthropology, Folklore, etc.
|| Physical Education
|| Social Sciences (includes statistics, business, economics, labor, sociology,
social work, criminal justice)
|| Political Sciences (includes public administration, local government,
|| Fine Arts (includes architecture, sculpture, graphic arts, painting,
print media, decorative arts)
|| Language and Literature:
|| Classical Philology and Literature
|| Modern European Languages
|| Languages and Literature of Asia, Africa, Oceania, Latin America
|PN, PR, PS, PZ
|| Literature -- General, English, American; Fiction and Juvenile Literature
|| French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Literature
|| German, Dutch, Scandinavian Literature
|| Science (includes mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology,
|| Medicine (includes nursing and allied health sciences, psychiatry)
|| Technology (includes engineering, mining, manufacturing, handicrafts,
|| Military Science
|| Naval Science
|| Bibliography and Library Science (includes bookmaking, censorship)