call number



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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  • If you need to be able to reference something quickly in the future you should assign it a call number so its easy to find.

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  • I wanted to know what the call number was, so I could call them and give them a piece of my mind for what they did.

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  • You should always jot down any call number that is given to you so that you can have it when the time comes.

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