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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
|Computer science, general information
Folktales, fairy tales, fables
|Math and Science
Natural disasters, weather, ocean
Technology and Manufacturing
Transportation (cars, trucks, planes, space shuttles)
Movies, Games, Puzzles, Riddles
History and geography
(except athletes, artists, and composers, which are shelved with their Dewey numbers)