Call Number Chart
|Stacks||3, 4, 5||
A – E: 3rd floor
|Reserve||2||At circulation desk|
|Periodicals||3||Alphabetical by name|
|Archives||5||Request items at reference desk|
FLOOR MAPS SHOWING SHELF LOCATIONS
USING CALL NUMBERS TO FIND BOOKS
- Use the library catalog to look up the call number of a book.
- Note the call number and location of the book. If the location is "Baruch Stacks," use the first letter of the call number to determine the floor on which the book is shelved (see below ).
WHAT IS A CALL NUMBER?
Each book has a call number designating both its subject and its place on the shelf. The call number usually has four parts:
- one or two letters (sometimes three) for the broad subject area
- a number that is a further subdivision of the general subject
- a letter and number code for the author's name
- a date of publication
Cultural Forces in World Politics
D849 .M387 1990
The Stock Selector System
HG4661 .S43 1995
|Broad subject area||D||= History||HG||= Finance|
|Specific subdivision of subject||849||= World politics||4661||= Stocks|
|Code for author's name||.M387||= Mazrui||.S43||= Sheimo|
The call number appears on the spine of the book written vertically as in the above examples, but it can be written horizontally as well; for example: D 849.M387 1990. There is no need to memorize the meaning of a call number. You only need to write down the complete call number from the catalog so that you will be able to find the book on the shelf.
Books are arranged on the shelves by their call numbers on a line-by-line basis.
- Alphabetically by the first line, then
- Numerically by the second line, then
- First alphabetically, then numerically by the third line. Note that the numbers on line three are treated as decimals, so that .C263 comes between .C26 and .C27.
- If there is a fourth line before the year of publication, it is sorted first alphabetically and then numerically.
- If a call number is identical in all respects except for year of publication, then the books are placed in chronological order by the year of publication.
Books are arranged by subject with books on one subject shelved together. Each subject is assigned a one-, two-, or three-letter code. The letters do not necessarily stand for the first letter of the subject they represent. For instance, political science is letter J, and art is letter N. This system is called the Library of Congress Classification System because it was first designed and used by the Library of Congress. The system uses letters and numbers to denote subjects.
|C, D, E||History||3|
|G||Geography, Anthropology, Recreation||4|
|H||Social Sciences, Business||4|
|KF||Law of the U.S.||4|
|P||Language & Literature||5|
|Q||Math, Science, Computer Science||5|
|Z||Bibliography, Printing, Publishing||5|
BOOKS SHELVED IN SPECIAL LOCATIONS
Reference Books: Books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, yearbooks, directories, concordances, indexes, bibliographies, handbooks, and atlases are compiled to supply definite pieces of information of varying extent and are intended to be referred to rather than read through. Most of the reference books are located on floor 2 in the reference stacks, at the reference desk, or in the reading room area.
Reserve Books and Material: Reserve materials include library books, textbooks, instructors' personal copies of books, assigned readings, samples of past exams, and some heavily-used reference books. Reserve books and material may, in general, be used only in the library, although some material may be checked out overnight. You must determine the call number of the reserved book or material from the library catalog before you request it at the reserve desk on floor 2. For assistance in using course reserves, ask at the reference desk.
Archives and Special Collections: The archives include books about Baruch College and Bernard M. Baruch, as well as documents issued by Baruch College and the City University. Archival material can only be used on site in the Baruch Archives, located on floor 5. Print copies of undergraduate honors theses and Ph.D. dissertations by Baruch students are shelved in the conference room and may be retrieved on weekdays by inquiring at the reference desk. There are circulating copies of some dissertations (see library catalog).
If the book is not on the shelf, you may want to check the:
- library catalog to be sure the book is not on reserve, in reference or the archives, or on order
- nearby shelves to see if the book has been misshelved
- reshelving areas near the telephone alcoves on the 3rd-5th floors
- reshelving trucks located behind the reference desk on the 2nd floor