Specific call numbers for books are found in the online catalog, but when browsing the shelves, it helps to know something about them. Books about religion can be found shelved in the library under the following Library of Congress call numbers:
|BL||Religion. Myth. Rationalism [BL1100-1295 Hinduism]|
|BP||Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy|
The broad topics indicated by the first letter of the "call number" are often broken down into subtopics with a second letter, and are then refined in much greater detail with the addition of numbers. A full listing of Library of Congress call numbers can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/
The digits in these call numbers are read as counting numbers, not as decimals as in the Dewey Decimal system. This means that BL 1175 is found between BL 1174 and BL 1179, well after BL 117 or BL 118.
This arrangement of books by subject matter makes shelf-browsing convenient. If you find a useful book, the books nearby on the shelf are likely to be closely related in topic.
Materials in the library's collection - including books, e-books, DVDs, and many other formats - can be located through the Find Anything search box on the library homepage. Articles can be found with the same search.
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