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Books in Drexel University Libraries, and other institutions of higher education as well as the United States Government, are organized by the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) schedule which use a series of letters and numbers that are associated with specific subjects, referred to as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

LCC is not the same as the Dewey Decimal system that is used in Public Libraries and K-12 schools. To find books on university shelves we need to familiarize ourselves with the LCC schedule so we can locate books using individual "Call Numbers." 

How to read an LCC Call Number:

NA737.W7 H89 2004

N is the primary classification letter for Fine Arts. A indicates the subclass for architecture. 737 is the class block number. .W7 H89 is called the "cutter number" which helps expand the classification system and encode information such as the author, subject, or title. 2004 is the date the edition of the book was published. 

Books in the library are organized on shelves and referred to as "the stacks." There are two areas of the stacks that you will find books in, oversized and regular. The stacks are organized into ranges according to call numbers. The call numbers can be found on the spine of each book.  

FINDING BOOKS IN THE STACKS

Book Shelves

STACKS

Shelf Tags for ranges

RANGES

Books Spine with LC Call numbers

CALL NUMBERS

FINE ART CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE

Class N - Fine Arts

Subclass N1-N9211         Visual arts

Subclass NA1-NA9428    Architecture

Subclass NB1-NB1952   Sculpture

Subclass NC1-NC1940   Drawing. Design. Illustration.

Subclass ND25-ND3416  Painting

Subclass NE1-NE3002    Print media

Subclass NK1-NK9990    Decorative Arts

Subclass NX1-NX820      Arts in General

SOCIAL SCIENCES CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE (ABRIDGED)

Class H - Social Sciences

Subclass HD28-HD9999        Industries. Land use. Labor.

Subclass HE1-HE9990          Transportation and Communications.

Subclass HT51-HT395          Communities. 

Subclass HV1-HV9960          Social pathology. Social and Public Welfare.

 

LAW CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE (ABRIDGED)

Class K - Law

Subclass KF1-KF9827 Federal Law of the United States

TECHNOLOGY CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE (ABRIDGED)

Class T - Technology

Subclass TD1-1066    Environmental Technology.

Subclass TF1-1620    Railroad Engineering and Operation.

Subclass TG1-470     Bridge Engineering.

Subclass TH1-9745    Building Construction.

Subclass TR1-1050    Photography. (Includes Cinematography and Motion Pictures). 

Subclass TT1-999      Handicrafts. Arts and crafts.

Subclass TX1-1110    Home Economics.