After reading the rules by which Library of Congress call numbers are sorted below, you can watch an animated example showing the rules in action. And at the bottom of the page is a link taking you to the tests, where you'll get to test your understanding of the Library of Congress rules.
This LibGuide is intended primarily as a tutorial in shelf-reading for library staff, containing a complete text tutorial, links to interactive tutorials, a brief LCC outline, and a link to the complete LCC outline. It is also useful for students and faculty conducting research in the Wilmington University Library. (This tutorial was adapted from the Library of Congress Classification LibGuide, by Joseph E. Petta, Passaic County Community College Library. It has been edited for content.)
Have you ever wondered how library books are assigned their places on the shelves? Did you know that the call number -- the number placed on the spine of the book -- is a code which provides valuable information about the book? This page will provide an introduction to understanding and using library call numbers.