Think of Call Numbers like an address - they describe the location of a physical item.
Call numbers are assigned with a lot of care and moving parts - the letters and numbers are not random, but represent various elements of each individual item. The lines represent subjects, genres, authors, and more, and are assigned to group items together that are in the same topic.
You do not need to know what each line means in order to locate an item in the library, but it helps to know how to break them down.
Click on the tabs to the left for specific examples (with photos) demonstrating how to find materials in Waldo Library.
*Please note that most, not all, of Waldo Library's materials are housed according to the Library of Congress Classification System.*
Here are some helpful links included in the rest of our guide, all in one place: