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Library DIY

This resource helps you to navigate B.D. Owens library's resources and enhance your research process. Contact a librarian for additional research and citing help.

I don't know where to find a call number in the library

There are two pieces of information that will help you locate a physical book: the location, and the call number.

[ locations and call numbers ]

First, determine the location and availability. 

  • Locations: ​
    • NW Owens PopularA-F - First Floor
    • NW Owens New Books - First Floor
    • NW Owens Reserve - First Floor behind the Library Services Desk
    • NW Owens 3rd Floor Main - Third Floor
    • NW Owens Juvenile - Third Floor
    • NW Owens Juvenile Easy - Third Floor
    • NW Owens Curriculum Matls - Third Floor
    • NW Owens Audiovisual - Third Floor
    • NW Owens 3rd Floor Quarto - Third Floor
    • NW Owens 3rd Floor Folio - Third Floor
    • NW Owens Music Scores - Third Floor

Call numbers:

At B.D. Owens Library, we use the Dewey Decimal System, so books are sorted numerically from 000 to 999 and alphabetically from A to Z.

  • NW Owens Popular collection is split into five different sections, with more subdivisions within each section
    • Popular A
      • BIO ​- Biography/Autobiography
      • HIS - History
    • Popular B
      • ​BUS - Business
      • HUM - Humor
      • INT - Interests
      • REL - Religion
      • SCI - Science
      • WEL - Wellness
    • Popular C
      • ​HIS FIC - Historical Fiction
      • MYS - Mystery
    • Popular D
      • ​GEN FIC - General Fiction
      • GRA FIC - Graphic Novels
      • ROM - Romance
      • SCI FIC - Science Fiction

The Dewey Decimal System cycles through within each of these categories. For example, in Popular A, the order of the books will be BIO 000-999, HIS 000-999.

B.D. Owens Library also has a Main Collection that contains the majority of our books. These are housed on the 3rd Floor (map).  If you need additional help, ask at the Library Services Desk.

Finding a book or item

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The LOCATION describes where the item is shelved. In this example, the book Programming in Objective-C is located in the main collection on the 3rd floor. The call number tells us that the book is in the 005 area. Use the call number ranges located at the ends of each row to find numbers beginning with 005.

To find 005.117 K76p on the shelf:

  • Read the .117 in decimal order. This means that 005.117 will be somewhere in between 005.1 and 005.2.
  • Next, read the K76p in alphabetical order first and then by numerical order. The lower case letter is also then read in alphabetical order.
  • The last four digits of the example in the photograph identifies when the book was published.

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