Collins Memorial Library

Guide to Library of Congress Call Numbers

The University of Puget Sound Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System for the general collection. Materials are arranged on the shelves by call numbers which correspond to subjects. The basic outline of call numbers is listed below. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Topic Call Number Topic Call Number
Accounting HF Languages P
Aeronautics TL ----American Indian PM
Agriculture S ----Classical PA
Almanacs AY ----English PE
Anatomy, Human QM ----French PC
Anthropology GN ----German PF
Animal Culture SF ----Italian PE
Aquaculture SH ----Spanish PC
Archaeology CC Law K
Architecture NA Law, International JK
Art N Library Science Z
Astronomy QB Linguistics P
Atlases G Literary History PN
Bacteriology QR Literature
Bible BS ----American PS
Bibliography Z ----Asian, African PJ-PM
Biography CT ----British PR
Biology QH ----Children's PZ
Botany QK ----Classical PA
Building Construction TH ----French, Italian, Spanish PQ
Business HF ----General PN
Chemistry QD ----Germanic PT
Christianity BR ----Slavic PG
Civilization CB Logic BC
Clothing Manufacture TT Manners and Customs GR
Colleges LD-LG Manufacturing TS
Commerce HF Maps G
Communications P Marriage HQ
Communities, Classes, Races HT Mathematics QA
Composition (writing) P Medicine R
Computer Science QA Metallurgy TN
Constitutional History JF-JQ Microbiology QR
Cook Books TX Military Science U
Criminology HV Motor Vehicles TL
Dance GV Music M
Drama PN ----History & Criticism ML
Economics HB-HJ ----Instruction and Study MT
----History HC-HD Scores M
----Theory HB Natural History QH
Education L Naval Science V
----History LA Novels - see Literature
----Social Aspects LC Nursing RT
----Theory & Practice LB Nutrition RM
Electronics TK Occult BF
Emigration & Immigration JV Oceanography GC
Engineering
Oration PN
----Chemical TP Oriental Languages PJ
----Civil TA Oriental Literature PJ
----Electrical TK Painting ND
----Environmental TD Parapsychology BF
----General TA Pathology QZ
----Highway TE Pharmacology RM-RS
----Hydraulic TC Pharmacy RM-RS
----Mechanical TJ Philosophy B-BJ
----Mining TN Philology (general) P
----Nuclear TK Photography TR
Environment GE Physical Education GV
Ethics BJ Physical Geography GB
Family, The HQ Physics QC
Fiction - see Literature
Physiology QP
Finance HG Plant Culture SB
Fine Arts N Plays (general) PN
Fish Culture & Fisheries SH Poetry (general) PN
Folklore GR Political Science J
Food Service TX ----United States JK
Forestry SD ----Europe JN
Games GV Political Theory JC
Genealogy CS Psychiatry RC
General Encyclopedias AE Psychology BF
Geography G-GC Public Finance HJ
Geology QE Public Health RA
Government, Local JS Recreation GV
Graphic Arts NC Religions BL-BX
Handicrafts TT Rhetoric P
Heraldry CR Romance Languages PC
History
Romance Literatures PQ
----Africa DT Schools LD-LG
----Australia, New Zealand DU Science Q
----Asia DS Sculpture NB
----Classical DE Social History HN
----France DC Social Sciences H
----Germany DD Social Welfare HV
----Greece DF Social Work HV
----Great Britain DA Socialism, Communism HX
----Italy DG Sociology HM
----Latin America F Sports GV
----North America E-F Statistics HA
----Russia DK Technology T
----Spain DP Theater Arts PN
----United States E-F Transportation HE
----World & General D Tourism TX
Hospitality and Tourism TX Universities LD-LG
Hotels TX Veterinary Medicine SF
Human Sexuality HQ Wildlife Management SK
Islam BP Women's Studies HQ
Journalism PN Zoology QL
Judaism BM

Labor

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Finding a Call Number

1. Use the maps (basement, main and  floors 2,3,4) to locate the first letter of the call number and go to that floor.

2. If there is more than one letter in the top line of the call number, walk along the shelves until you find them all. Call numbers are arranged H, HA, HB, HC, etc.

3. Then look for the number that is the second line of the call number.

4. Lastly, look for the remaining letters and numbers. THIS IS THE TRICKY PART! The library arranges books as if there were a decimal point before the letter in the third and fourth lines. For example:

HG HG
23 23
A56 .A56
L7 .L7

Call numbers would be shelved in this order:

HG HG HG HG
23 23 23 23
A563 A62 A8 A95

 

If You Can't Find A Book

If you cannot find a book, take the call number to the staff at the circulation desk (first floor) who will help you track it down. If the library doesn't own it, ask about borrowing books from other libraries.