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Library of Congress call numbers
The Vanderbilt library uses the Library of Congress Classification system when assigning call numbers to books. A call number is an address which determines the book (or other item's) location on the shelf
When using Acorn, the Vanderbilt library catalog, a call number usually accompanies the record of an item. In the catalog, the call number appears on one line.
For example, for the book, High and mighty: SUVs - the world's most dangerous vehicles and how they got that way, in Acorn, the call number would look like this:
Acorn Screen Display Explanation
*Please note that there are 9 libraries in Vanderbilt's Heard Library System and 3 campus collections listed as VU-Centers. Be sure to make a note of the library and location for the title found before you visit the library to look for the item.
CALL NUMBER (under the library name)
The parts of a call number:
TL -- The first part of the call number is alphabetic. To find it, locate the T section, and then the part within it labelled TL. For example, TL would come before TM and after TK.
230.5 -- The second part is numeric and should be read as a whole number. The numbers may or may not have decimal points; but when they do, treat them as such. For example, TL 230.5 comes before TL 230.6 and TL 230 comes before TL 231.
.S66 -- This part has to be read in two ways; first
alphabetically, then numerically. This time the number should be read
as a decimal!
2002 -- This number indicates the year; generally the year of publication for that particular volume. This number is part of the call number, so don't forget it!
Prepared for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
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