Q. What is a call number? How do I find a book by its call number in the Law Library?


A call number is a unique code that identifies and indicates the address of a physical material in a library's collection. There is a science in assigning a call number to an item, but in general, it is based on the publication's metadata and content. For our items, we use the Library of Congress classification, consisting of alphanumeric codes. To locate items by call numbers, see our Locating Items in the Library web page.

Books shelved adjacent to a particular call number may cover similar subject matters, so it's worth  browsing the shelves where you found the book you originally wanted. Our catalog system affords this kind of shelf browsing virtually. Scroll down a catalog record to discover Virtual Browse.

We house some of our materials separate from the circulating publications found on our 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. See our Call Numbers & Book Locations web page for more information.

In our catalog record for a print material, you will see a "Locate" map pin that is hyperlinked to our floor maps. Locate Map Pin

By clicking on the link, a map will show you the stack range where the book may be found.

Always, feel free to contact the Reference or Circulation Desk if you need help locating or interpreting a call number.

  • Last Updated Aug 02, 2021
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  • Answered By Erie Taniuchi

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