call number

  

Definition

Alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies and indicates the location (address) of an item in a library's collection. Call numbers are marked usually on the spine of the item and correspond with the numbers in the catalog of the library's collection. Some libraries use library of congress classification (LC Number) in which the call number begins with letters, other libraries use Dewey Decimal method in which the call number begins with numerals.

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