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Library Research Introduction: Reading a Call Number

Reading a Call Number

This video briefly breaks down how to read a Library of Congress call number on a library book. (Length 00:37)

Call Numbers

The call number is the book’s address in a library. Follow these steps to find a book on the shelf:

  1. Find the book's call number.
  2. Use Library maps to find the floor and area where the book is shelved.
  3. Locate the book by finding the call number alphabetically on the shelf.

Try it out: these activities will help you learn more about call numbers.