Answered By: Gretchen Scronce
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2020     Views: 231

A call number tells you where to find a book on the library shelves (the "stacks"). Call numbers are a mixture of letters and numbers. Think of them as the book's "address" on the shelf. The call number will display in the catalog record--see the image below for an example.

To locate a book by call number, begin by finding the shelving section that matches the initial letter or letter combination, then proceed to the number and subsequent letters/numbers. Use the buttons on the ends to move shelving if the section you need is closed. To learn more, watch this short tutorial

Screenshot showing where to find the call number in a catalog record