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LC Classification

Most of Stanford's resources are classified in the LC system. Since the Library of Congress Classification System arranges materials by subjects, knowing the letter(s) for your subject area gives you a place to start browsing the shelves. Check the LC Call Number page to look up your favorite subject.

Notice that the first letter denotes the larger subject area, such as D for history, with a second letter designating a subdivision, such as DG for Rome and Italy.

The table below describes how to read an LC call number:

1) Books are arranged alphabetically by the initial letters in the call number ... H451
.Z682
1998
HA126
.I90
1987
HB12
.I90
2000
HC13
.C55
1952
2) ... then numerically by the numbers after the letter or letters.
These numbers are read as whole numbers - 1, 2, 3 ... 101, 102, 103 ... 1001, 1002, 1003, etc.
BF1
.J575
BF699
.D46
BF1028
.B45
1993b
BF1125
.G38
1992
3) The letters that follow the decimal point are read alphabetically. BF699
.D46
BF699
.H5
BF699
.J6
BF699
.P7
4) The numbers that follow the the decimal point are in decimal order. PS3569
.A462345
D45
PS3569
.A5137
F4
1984
PS3569
.A52
B58
1999
PS3569
.A5452
A44
1996
5) There may be a second letter-number combination after the decimal. These should also be read in decimal order. PS3566
.A6948
B3
1994
PS3566
.A6948
E43
1998
PS3566
.A6948
J64
2000
PS3566
.A6948
W5
1997
6) The four numbers at the end of the record are the publication date. BF1028
.B45
1993
BF1028
.B45
1993b
BF1125
.G38
1992
BF1125
.G38
1995
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