Answered By: Marissa C. Ball
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2020     Views: 2466

Call numbers are the numbers you see on the spine and/or covers of the books in the FIU Libraries. In the FIU Library, call numbers are based on one of three classification systems:

Library of Congress Classification (LC)
Most of our books and periodicals have call numbers based on this system. The LC call number is a combination of letters and numbers looking something like this: HA1252.A52

This series of letters and numbers helps you locate items on the shelves. You can refer to the directories in the buildings and elevators to identify the area where a book is located. Search for the alphabetical portion of the Call Number first, then follow the numbers along the shelf to find the item. 

The first group of letters and numbers signifies the subject of the book. This is important to know when you go to the shelf. If you browse the shelves around a book for which you have a call number, you may find other books related to your research interest.

Superintendent of Documents Classification (SUDOCS)
This system is used in the Government Documents area of the library to classify documents published by the United States Government Printing Office. Like LC, materials with SUDOCS numbers are shelved in alphanumerical order, but the SUDOCS call number looks something like this: AE2.110:102-175

Audiovisuals Call Numbers
The Audiovisual Libraries use an accession number system to keep track of the sound recordings, videocassettes, computer files, and other AV materials. Examples of these call numbers include: CDM 423 (audio CD), VC 301 (videocassette), R2178 (record)

Some audiovisual materials use the LC call number, such as music scores and some videos. Art slides use the Santa Cruz Classification, another alpha-numeric system. To obtain audiovisual materials, take the call number to the service desk in the Audiovisuals area and a staff member will retrieve the item for you.



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