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What's a Call Number?

A call number tells you where to find a book or other item in the library. When you look up a book in our catalog, the call number is listed after the name of our library. Below is a list of the different call numbers we use in the Children’s Department.

Fiction:
The prefix is followed by three letters of the alphabet, usually the first three letters of the author’s last name. The books are in order alphabetically by those three letters (except for the board books, which are shelved by subject).

  • BOARD - Board books for babies and toddlers
  • E - Picture books
  • PARENT E - Picture books on life issues (death, divorce, illnesses, etc.)
  • READER - Easy readers and beginning chapter books
  • I - Intermediate fiction, suggested for grades 2-4
  • PAPER - Paperback books, suggested for grades 2-7
  • J - Junior fiction, suggested for grades 4-7
  • COMIC - Graphic novels, comics, manga, and graphic nonfiction
  • Y - Young adult fiction, suggested for grades 7-12
  • YA COMIC - Young adult graphic novels, comics, manga, and graphic nonfiction

Nonfiction:
The prefix is followed by numbers and then three letters of the alphabet. The books are in numerical order; if more than one book has the same number then they are in order alphabetically by the three letters See below for information on the Dewey Decimal System.

  • READER - Nonfiction easy readers
  • j - Nonfiction books
  • YA - Young adult nonfiction books
  • PARENT j - Books for parents and teachers

Spanish books:
Books in Spanish and bilingual books follow the same call numbers above except they start with SPANISH. They can all be found in the Spanish aisle (except the board books, which are in the same place as the English board books).

Non-book items:

  • j DVD - DVDs
  • j AUDIO BOOK - Audiobooks
  • YA AUDIO BOOK - Young adult audiobooks
  • j CD - Music CDs
  • j REALIA - Toys, puzzles, stuffed animals, and more

The Dewey Decimal System:

Our nonfiction books are categorized using the Dewey Decimal System. The chart below will help you know where to look for different kinds of information and where to find some of our popular topics.

000-099
031
Computer science, general information
Encyclopedias, almanacs
100-199
133
Philosophy, Psychology
Paranormal
200-299
292
Religion
Mythology
300-399
394
398
Social Sciences
Holidays
Folktales, fairy tales, fables
400-499
423
463
Language
Dictionaries, thesauri
Spanish-English dictionaries
500-599
507.8
510-519
520-529
550-559
567
580-589
590-599
Math and Science
Science Experiments
Math
Astronomy
Natural disasters, weather, ocean
Dinosaurs
Plants
Animals
600-699
610-619
625
628
629
Technology and Manufacturing
Body, health
Trains
Firefighting
Transportation (cars, trucks, planes, space shuttles)
700-799
709
743
745
780-788
790-794
796-799
Art
Artists
Drawing
Crafts
Music, composers
Movies, Games, Puzzles, Riddles
Sports, athletes
800-899
811
Literature
Poetry
900-999
910
912
932
940-949
950-959
960-969
970.004
972.95
973-979
980-989
994
998
History and geography
Pirates, shipwrecks
Maps
Ancient Egypt
Europe
Asia
Africa
Native Americans
Puerto Rico
United States
South America
Australia
Antarctica
BIO Biographies
(except athletes, artists, and composers, which are shelved with their Dewey numbers)
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