Answered By: Laura Sider
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Q: What does "LC" mean?
Answered by: Laura Sider

"LC" is one of the systems we use to classify or organize our books in the library collection.  It's an abbreviation for "Library of Congress." When new materials arrive, they are categorized based on their subject area and assigned a unique "call number," a combination of letters and numbers that help us locate the book in the library stacks and also group the item with items on similar topics.

ex: PQ8098.12.O38 A122X 2004

ex: ND3241 S27 (LC)+ Oversize **

**Some books are large and need to be shelved separately.  We distinguish these from the rest by noting that they are "Oversize" within the call number.

LC call numbers will always have capital letters.  The record will also state that a book is classified using our LC system.

To find a book in the stacks using the call number, use this guide

Please note, we do have two classification systems in some campus libraries.  Click the link to learn more about our other classification system, 'Yale Classification."

Have a question?  Email or stop by the service desk in Sterling Memorial Library for assistance finding your book!




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