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.
Anonymous, Qu'ran Bookbinding with Floral Arabesques and an Inscription from the Hadith, early 17th century, leather; stamped, tooled, and gilded, 9 1/2 x 7 3/8" (24.1 x 18.7 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/445279.
Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.
BL - Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
BL 1-50 - Religion (General)
BL 51-65 - Philosophy of religion. Psychology of religion. Religion in relation to other subjects
BL 70-71 - Sacred books (General)
BL 74-99 - Religions of the world
BL 175-265 - Natural theology
BL 290 - The soul
BL 300-325 - The myth. Comparative mythology
BL 350-385 - Classification of religions
BL 410 - Religions in relation to one another
BL 425-490 - Religious doctrines (General)
BL 550-619 - Worship. Cultus
BL 624-629.5 - Religious life
BL 630-632.5 - Religious organization
BL 660-2680 - History and principles of religions
BM - Judaism
BP - Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc.
BQ - Buddhism
BR - Christianity
BS - The Bible
BT - Doctrinal Theology
BV - Practical Theology
BX - Christian Denominations
For more detailed information about the religion related call numbers, look here.