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Using LC Call Numbers

The NCSU Libraries organizes books and journals using Library of Congress (LC) call numbers. To find the call number for a book or journal, you must use the library catalog. Once you find the call number, use a D. H. Hill Library building map to locate the floor where the book or journal is kept.

Note: Current journals are located on the first floor of the West Wing. Older, bound journals are shelved as books.

How to read a call number

Call numbers have letters followed by numbers (which can contain a decimal point) both before and after a separating period.

Call numbers
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What do the first letters mean?

Visit the Library of Congress web site to find out!