Q. What is the call number of a book?


The call number or classification number is the number you need to find a book on the shelf

Books in Staffordshire University Libraries are organised via the Dewey Decimal System in number order from 000s up to 999.

  • Books are organised on the shelves in call number order.
  • When you search for a book on the catalogue, it gives you the call number.
  • It is on the spine of the book, followed by the first 3 letters of the author's surname.
  • Books with the same call number are about the same subject.
  • Books with different titles or different editions can have the same call number so make sure you get the book you want.

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  • Last Updated 29 Apr, 2020
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