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Browse the Library by Call Number

What is a call number?

A call number represents an item's subject matter and indicates the location on the shelf where the item can be found. It is kind of like an address to a book on the shelf in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of the book or journal and ranges of call numbers are located on the sides of the shelves to indicate where you need to go to locate an item. The UTC Library uses the Library of Congress call number system. A call number appears as a combination of letters and numbers. Here is a handy guide on How to Read a Call Number.

How to Use the Call Number Browse Tool

Enter a known call number or partial call number into the call number search box below. You can also limit your search to a particular shelving location (ex. Stacks, New Arrivals, Children’s Books, or Reference) or a combination of shelving locations.

Search results will place you in the call number browsing index at the nearest match to the number you have entered. From there you can browse forward or backward through the call number to see what other items are located near “your item” on the adjacent shelves. To see detailed information about a particular item at a call number, click on the call number you are interested in. From there, you will be taken to the item’s record within UTC Library’s catalog.

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