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Understanding Art/Photography Call Numbers: Home

A Helpful guide to the magic behind call numbers for library materials in the arts

Call Numbers Demystified

For books about the arts, the Baylor Libraries use a system devised by the Library of Congress (LC) to organize materials by subject. This guide will explain how the call numbers work and show the subdivisions that will allow you to get right to the specific areas you need.

See the tabs at the top of this page for more information.

If you want to browse various subjects, see the "Outline of LC Call Numbers" tab. 

Call numbers beginning with N are located in the Crouch Fine Arts Library, 3rd floor of Moody Memorial Library Building. They'll be in the corner of the floor closest to Baylor's Arts complex (Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Lewis Art Building, McCrary Music Building)

Call numbers beginning with T are located on the 2nd floor of  the Jones Library (the part of the Central Libraries Complex closest to  Baylor's Arts complex (Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Lewis Art Building, McCrary Music Building).

If you have any questions or need any help, please use the chat box to the right, visit us in person at the Crouch Fine Arts Library (CFAL) service desk, drop us an email at bufineartslibrary@gmail.com or a text at 254.307.0431

What to do with that call number!

or "WHY CAN'T I FIND THIS BOOK?!?!?!"   :-)

 First make sure you're in the right section (does the call number say "Oversized" or "Jumbo"?).

ND
237
.R725
2016

The letter or letters (like N or ND) are alphabetical. The next line should be a number and it works like a regular whole number (so 237 comes before 2200 and after 25) BUT the OTHER numbers in the call number (like the .R725 in the example) work like decimal numbers (so R725 comes before R78 and after R71). If you see a number at the very end that looks like a year, that's what it is, so treat that number chronologically.

If you have questions or problems finding something, let us know. We can help!

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To browse by call number, use the browse by Library of Congress option in OneSearch

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