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Religious Studies

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The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of religion related books on the 5th floor.

You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse the books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are. This page will help you with both approaches to finding books.

If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!

Reading Call Numbers

Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the first line.

The first line is read in alphabetical order.

  • ex. This would be before the PQ's but after the PM's.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the second line.

Read the second line in numerical order.

  • ex. This would be after PN 6746 and before PN 6747.1 or PN 6748.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the third line.

The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 would come before PN 6747 .S5, because .5 in decimal is really .500!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fourth line.

Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 P4713 would come before PN 6747 .S245 P8, because .8 in decimal is really .800!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fifth line.

When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.

  • ex. If there was a book just like this except the date was 2003, it would go before the 2007 edition.

 

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!

Finding Books in our Library

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. 

 

Finding Books We Don't Have

Browsing the Stacks for Religious Studies Books

The binding of a Qur'an. The outline is dark brown and most of it is gold with floral decoration and writing along the border.
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. 
 

5th floor

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.