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Your library is like a community of books with different neighborhoods. On each book is an address to help you find the book. This address is called the Call Number.

Most libraries are divided into several neighborhoods or sections for books: nonfiction, fiction, picture books, easy readers, reference, and biography.On top of the call number, there will be a code for the library section. Each library has it's own codes, but here are some common ones:

092

Biography

B

Biography

BIO

Biography

J

Books for children

ER

Easy Reader

F

Fiction

FIC

Fiction

E

Picture Books

P

Picture Books

R

Reference

REF

Reference

 

Find out about your library's neighborhoods or sections.

 

The call number is on a label attached to the spine of the book. The call number is the book's address for it's place on the shelf.

Nonfiction

The call number will be a Dewey Decimal number.

Fiction

The call number will be letters.These come from the first few letters of the author's last name.

Biography

Most libraries still have their biographies in their own neighborhood or section. These books will have the first few letters of the last name of the person the book is about.

Some libraries have shelved their biographies with the topic for which the person was famous.The Dewey number for biograhies include "092". 092 means biography.

 

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