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Navigating the Book Stacks
Library of Congress Classification System & Stack Location Codes

There are four floors of book stacks (Levels 2-5), and the main floor entrance places you on stack Level 4.


A  
GENERAL WORKS
Stack Level 3

AE
General Encyclopedias


AY
Almanacs


B  
PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION
Stack Level 3

B-BD; BH-BJ
Philosophy


BF
Psychology and Parapsychology


BL-BX
Religion


C  
AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
Stack Level 3

CC
Archaeology


CS
Genealogy


CT
Biography


D  
GENERAL AND OLD WORLD HISTORY
Stack Level 4

D
World History


DA-DR
Europe


DS
Asia


DT
Africa


E  
AMERICAN HISTORY
Stack Level 4

F  
U.S. LOCAL HISTORY, CANADA, LATIN AMERICA
Stack Level 4

G  
GEOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY, RECREATION
Stack Level 3

G
Geography


GN
Anthropology


GR
Folklore


GV
Sports and Recreation


H  
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Stack Level 4

HA
Statistics


HB-HJ
Economics & Business


HM-HX
Sociology


J  
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Stack Level 4

JA-JC
Political Science


JF-JQ
Constitutional Law and Public Administration


JX
International Law


K  
LAW
Stack Level 4

KF
U.S. Law


KFN
New York State Law


L  
EDUCATION
Stack Level 3

LA
History of Education


LB
Educational Theory and Practices


LC
Social Aspects and Special Education


M  
MUSIC
Stack Level 5

N  
FINE ARTS
Stack Level 5*

NA
Architecture


NB
Sculpture


NC
Graphic Art


ND
Painting


NK
Decorative Arts

* Art books arranged in two alphabets, one oversize, one regular size. A + sign indicates oversize books (e.g. +ND 610. P32). The + section precedes standard size Art books *

P  
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Stack Level 5

P
Philology & Linguistics


PA
Classical Languages and Literature


PC
Romance Languages


PE
English Languages


PN
Literary History and Criticism; Theatre, Film and Television


PQ
Romance Literature


PR
English Literature


PS
American Literature


Q  
SCIENCE
Stack Level 2

QA
Mathematics & Computer Science


QC
Physics


QD
Chemistry


QH
Biology and Ecology


R  
MEDICINE
Stack Level 2

RA
Public Health


RS
Pharmacy


RT
Nursing


S  
AGRICULTURE
Stack Level 2

T  
TECHNOLOGY
Stack Level 2

TA
General Engineering


TR
Photography


TT
Handicrafts


U  
MILITARY SCIENCE
Stack Level 2

V  
NAVAL SCIENCE
Stack Level 2

Z  
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
Stack Level 4


Getting Started:

  • First check LIUCat for the call number and location. Library of Congress call numbers begin with a letter; e.g., E 882 .P48.

  • Books you can take out are designated Main Circulation.

  • Call Number charts are also posted in the stacks.


Helpful hints:

  • Pick up a copy of this guide at the Reference Desk, or look for the location chartss displayed on each stack level.

  • Don't hunt in the dark! Turn on the light switches at the ends of each stack.

  • Still can't find your book? Check the pre-shelving area on each stack level for books not yet shelved.

  • For help in the stacks, use the telephones near the stairwells to call the Reference Desk at x2305.

  • Study carrels are available on Level 4 and Level 5.

  • Ask at Reference for books listed as Main Ref., IMC, Center for Business Research, or Library Science.


Checkout tips:

  • Use your LIU ID card at the Circulation Desk to check out books. Use your LIU username and password to access library databases from home.

  • Be sure to update your library account every Fall semester and also for Summer Sessions.

  • Books circulate to students for 28 days and may be renewed.

  • If the book you'd like is currently Checked Out, you can place a hold for it at the Circulation Desk. When the book is returned, you will be notified.


Remember: Always ask a librarian if you need help finding books!



Emily Walshe, January 2006
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