Videos About Library Organization
How Are Books Organized?
- The Library of Congress classification system organizes books by broad subject area.
- Each item is assigned a call number, which is like the book's address.
- Each call number begins with a letter or multiple letters, followed by numbers and additional combinations
- Sample Call Number: LC1037.5.C68 2012
- The beginning letters of a call number represent a broad subject area (e.g., LC is "Education") and the numbers following represent a specific topic within that subject area (e.g., LC1037.5 is "Career education"). The rest of the call number identifies the specific book.
How Do I Search for Books?
Search the library online catalog
Use the RVC library online catalog to find books, e-books, videos and other materials that RVC owns or has on reserve. There are two different interfaces for the online catalog, both versions provide the same searching ability and the same results.
Periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers)
Videos (DVD & VHS) (request at Circulation Desk)
Reserves (request at Circulation Desk)
General Stacks (circulating books)
Children's Section (circulating books)