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ON SHELF - WHAT ARE CALL NUMBERS?

Call numbers are how we find the books on the shelves.

Each book has its own unique call number.

When you search our library catalogue for a book or item it will have a Call number. The library is divided up into Reading Rooms by the call numbers of the books.

Write down the whole call number of the book you want to find. Take note if the catalogue says it is 'in library.'

  1. The library which holds the item.
  2. The call number to locate the number on the shelves.
  3. If the item is currently on loan to another patron; on the shelf; or on hold.

The shelves have signs on the end of each row indicating the call numbers in that row.

Once you find the row you need, walk down the aisle carefully looking for the call number you require.

Watch this video for more information.

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