Q. What do the numbers on the spine of the book mean?

Answer

 

The numbers and letters on the spine of a book are called the call number or classification number.  This is the number you need to find a book on the shelf.  The numbers go from 000s up to 900s.

  • Books are organised on the shelves in call number order.
    • Q+1 has 000s, 500s and 600s 
    • Q+2 has 100s 200s 300s and 400s
    • Q+3 has 700s 800s and 900s
  • When you search for a book on the catalogue, it gives you the call number.
  • It is on the spine of the book, followed by the first 4 letters of the author's surname.
  • Books with the same call number are about the same subject.
  • Books with different titles or different editions can have the same call number so make sure you get the book you want.
  • Last Updated Mar 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Anne O'Callaghan

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