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The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system was developed at the turn of the 20th century and was specifically created to categorize books and other items held in the Library of Congress. It features 21 (I, O, W, X, and Y are not used) subject categories with resources being identified by a combination of both letters and numbers. For example, books on education are identified with a call number that begins with the letter “L” and those on political science under “J.” The number of classes and numerous subclasses is not restricted. Specific topics and geographic areas are often represented by alphabetic Cutter lists.
The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system was developed in 1876 as a means to organize all knowledge. The DDC uses notation in Arabic numerals, well-defined categories, well-developed hierarchies, and a rich network of relationships among topics. The ten basic classes are organized by disciplines or fields of study. Each main class is further divided into ten divisions, and each division into ten sections. Except for a few optional provisions, the DDC notation is strictly numeric.
There are very few one-to-one relationships between LC and Dewey and they are scattered; most relationships are many-to-many.
Dewey numbers start with numbers while LC numbers start with one or two letters. Learn more from the previous pages on this Libguide.
The word “Large” will appear on the spine label of the book as well as in the item record in the online catalog. With Dewey, Folios were signified by “F,” the word “Folio” will now appear on the spine label of the book as well as in the item record in the online catalog.
Remember that our materials are organized by location and then by call number. In the item record, any oversized/large books will be located in a “Large” location such as MAIN Large Books.
If the book is located in the MAIN Library, the call number looks like LA210. S65 1993 and it has something to do with Education, it will be found in the LC section in 4S. Almost no Education books have single-letter class "L". Most have a two-letter class, like "LA."
If the book is located in MAIN Large Books, the call number looks like L 810.8 S7414c and it doesn't have anything to do with Education, it will be found in the Large Dewey section of the Main Collection.
Low-use books or those that are now available online were transferred to Oak Grove Library Center. Those books are still available to check out - they just need to be requested from Oak Grove through the library’s catalog. Books with call numbers between 820 – 839 were consolidated to one half of the tower.
Starting in January 2015, the library will start using Library of Congress (LC) call numbers for newly acquired books. New books for the library’s main collection will be shelved in 4South.
No. Some of our collections such as Music and Transportation already use LC call numbers. Each of our other distinctive collections like Art, Africana, Curriculum and others will have designated shelves for the newly acquired LC books in their current location. Information about the other locations is available on the public website.
Not at this time. With over 6 million volumes in our collection, we don’t have the resources to reclassify the whole collection.