The University Library shelves books according to the Library of Congress classification system. Because Library of Congress organizes books by subject, you can use the system to browse the stacks and find books that you might be interested in, all in the same area. Below are some of the subclasses in the class of Language and Literature (P-PZ) that may be helpful to look for while browsing the stacks. To learn more about the Library of Congress classification system, click here.
Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature.
PC 1001 - 1977
PC 2001 - 3761
PC 4001 - 4977
PJ 4501 - 5192
PJ 6001 -8517
PK 6201 - 6599.7
PK 8001 - 8832
PL 501 - 889
PL 901 - 998
PL 1001 - 3208
Finding Books Using Library of Congress Classification
How Call Numbers Work
Figure 1: Books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters.
Figure 2: Books are then arranged numerically by the number following the letter(s).
Figure 3: Finally, books are shelved alphabetically by the next letter and decimally by the following number.
What does the call number mean?
The Library of Congress Classification arranges materials by subjects. The first sections of the call number represent the subject of the book. The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name. And, as you recall, the last section of a call number is often the date of publication. example:
Book's title: What You Need to Know About Developing Study Skills, Taking Notes & Tests, Using Dictionaries & Libraries.
Author: Coman, Marcia J.
Call number: LB2395 .C65 1991
Figure 2: The first two lines describe the subject of the book, LB 2395 = Methods of Study, in Higher Education.
Figure 3: This line often represents author's last name. .C65 = Coman
Because books are classified by subject, you can often find several helpful books on the same shelf, or nearby. For example, within the same call number LB2395, there are other guides for college study.
Figure 1: A Student's Guide to Efficient Study, by Luella Cole.
Figure 2: Keys to College Success, by Minnette Lenier.
Figure 3: A Successful Student's Handbook, by Rita Phipps.