Call number

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A code for where an item is shelved in the stacks; it is a unique location code which appears on the spine of a book, and also in the entry which corresponds to the record which represents the work in the library catalog.

Most research and academic libraries use Library of Congress call numbers which begin with letters of the English alphabet.

Example: PN 2035.H336 1991

Most school and public libraries use Dewey Decimal call numbers which begin with Arabic numerals.

Example: 996.902 H75

Those not familiar with call numbering systems can find locating items based on called number difficult.

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