Answered By: Wendy Schlegel
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2022     Views: 138

The libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to arrange the books on the shelves. The call number for a book will begin with a letter or letters representing one of the following broad subject areas:

  • A--General works (e.g. encyclopedias)
  • B--Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
  • C--Auxiliary sciences (e.g. biography, genealogy)
  • D--History (except America)
  • E - F--History of the Americas (Missouri history: F 461-475)
  • G--Geography, Anthropology, Folklore, Dance, Sports
  • H - HJ--Social Sciences (general), Economics and Business
  • HM - HX--Sociology, Marriage and Family, Criminal Justice
  • J--Political Science
  • K--Law (U.S. law: KF; Missouri law: KFM 7800-8399)
  • L--Education
  • M--Music
  • N--Fine Arts
  • P--Philology and Literature
    • P - PA--Philology and Classical Literature
    • PB - PH-- Modern European Languages
    • PJ - PM--Languages and Literatures of Asia, Africa, Oceania, America; Mixed Languages; Artificial Languages
    • PN--Literature (general), Drama, Poetry, Film
    • PQ--French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
    • PR--English Literature
    • PS--American Literature
    • PT--German, Dutch, and Scandinavian
    • PZ--Fiction (general) and Juvenile Literature
  • Q--Science
  • R--Medicine (RC: Psychiatry; RT: Nursing)
  • S--Agriculture
  • T--Technology
  • U--Military Science
  • V--Naval Science
  • Z--Bibliography and Library Science


Visit the How to Read Call Numbers in an Academic Library page for more information.