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Book Arrangement at CCL

Dewey Decimal Classification

Our Main Collection, comprising most of our books, videos, CDs, DVDs, and software, is arranged by Dewey Decimal classification. The Dewey Decimal system organizes knowledge into ten main classes:

Example of a Main Collection Book Call Number

Provincial America, 1600-1763, by Bradley Chapin. New York: Free Press, 1966.
Call Number:
- refers to the subject, Colonial American history
- refers to author's last name, Chapin
- refers to year of publication

Example on our Shelves

Since the Dewey Decimal System groups together similar items, the four books pictured here are about the same subject. Pop Quiz: These books are in the Main Collection. Where are they located? (For answer see the Quiz Answers box at the Home tab.)