Find items on the TCC library's shelves, as well as digital books from our ebook collections.
The TCC Library arranges books by call numbers
These letters and numbers serve as an address for the book's physical location in the library. Each lettered and numbered section represents a different topic or subject. When you're searching for a book in the library catalog (or SuperSearch), write down the call number and location of the book (Main Collection, Reference Collection, Popular, etc.) then go to the shelves to locate the books. Librarians and Reference Specialists are always available to help you locate books!
What does a call number look like?
You can find call numbers on the spine of a print book -- usually broken up into multiple lines -- or written out in one line in a book record in our library catalog.
TCC Library uses the Library of Congress call number system
The "Library of Congress" system -- often referred to as "LC" for short -- is a very common system that many academic and college libraries use to organize their collections. Public libraries, as well as K-12 school libraries, use the "Dewey Decimal" call number system.
Here are the major classes, or categories, of Library of Congress call numbers:
A – General Works
B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
D – World History (except American History)
E – American History
F – Local History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America
G – Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
H – Social Sciences
J – Political Science
K – Law
L – Education
M – Music
N – Fine Arts
P – Language and Literature
Q – Science
R – Medicine
S – Agriculture
T – Technology
U – Military Science
V – Naval Science
Z – Bibliography, Library Science
Get practice reading call numbers
Use the link, or click on the image below, to take an interactive quiz online -- see if you can read a call number correctly! This quiz should open in a new window.
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