Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).
The first line is read in alphabetical order.
Read the second line in numerical order.
The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.
Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.
When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.
You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!
Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching.
N - Visual Arts
N 81-390 - Study and teaching. Research
N 400-3990 - Art museums, galleries, etc.
N 5300-7418 - History
NA - Architecture
NA 190-1555.5 – History
NA 2335-2360 - Competitions
NA 2400-2460 – Museums. Exhibitions
NB – Sculpture
NB 60-1115 – History
NB 1120-1133 – Study and teaching
NB 1134-1134.4 – Competitions
NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration
NC 50-266 – History of drawing
NC 390-670 – Study and teaching
NC 673-677 – Competitions
ND – Painting
ND 49-813 – History
ND 1115-1120 – Study and teaching
ND 1630-1662 – Examination and conservation of paintings
NE - Print Media
NE 400-774 – History of printmaking
NE 970-973 – Study and teaching (of printmaking)
NE 975-975.4 – Competitions
NE 1030-1196.3 – History (of wood engraving)
NE 1634-1749 – History (of metal engraving)
NE 1980-2055.5 – History (of etching and aquatint)
NK - Decorative Arts
NK 600-806 – History
NK 1135-1149.5 – Arts and crafts movement
NK 1175-1498 – History (of decoration and ornament. Design)
NK 1648-1678 – Religious art
NK 1700-2138 – History (of interior decoration and house decoration)
NX - Arts in General
NX 280-410 – Study and teaching. Research
NX 411-415 – Competitions
NX 420-430 – Exhibitions
NX 440-632 – History of the arts
NX 700-750 – Patronage of the arts
AM – Museums. Collectors and collecting
TR - Photography
TT - Handicrafts. Arts and Crafts