Monday, October 1, 2012

Finding what you need on the shelf

We use the Dewey Decimal Classification system to shelve material in ITB library.

The system was invented my Melvil Dewey in 1876 and is the most widely used library organisation system in the world.

The system groups books by topic, by dividing them into 10 basic categories, and each of those categories is further split into 10 categories, and so on.

000 General Knowledge

100 Psychology & Philosophy

200 Religion

300 Social Sciences & Folklore

400 Languages

500 Natural Science

600 Applied Science, Technology

700 Arts & Recreation

800 Literature

900 Geography & History
You may have noticed the small stickers on the spine of our books...this is it's unique identifyer called its 'call number' or 'class number'. It is made up of its Dewey code and the first 3 letters of the authors surname.

When you search for a book on our library catalogue you'll see details on:

Its location in the library, the type of loan permitted on it ('Loan Period'), whether or not it is on loan ('Status') and the books Class Number.

Books are shelved in ascending order, according to their Dewey Class Number.

Books with class numbers between 000-399 are shelved on level 2 on the group study side.

Books with class numbers between 400-999 are shelved on level 2 on the quiet study side.

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