All books in the library are assigned a call number, usually found on the book spine. The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book's address on the library's shelves or stacks. Because books on the shelves are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other.
At the Taft College Library, we use the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. LC call numbers are made up of letters and numbers and look something like this:
HB 3654 .A3 F66 2016
Read the call number from left to right. The first part of a call number, HB 3654, consists of a combination of one or two letters and a number that indicates a specific subject area.
The next part, .A3 F66, identifies a specific title within the range of books on that topic, 2016 is the date of publication.
Once you have a call number for your book (or other item), you can locate it within the library, paying attention to the particular shelving area in the library. NOTE that the areas in the library are: Circulating Stacks, Reference Stacks, Oversized Stacks, and the DVD stacks.
Once you find a book on your topic, take the time to browse the books around the one you chose. You will find other books that may be related to your topic that you missed in your catalog search.