How to read call numbers

Fiction call numbers either have only one to two letters displayed as the call number, in which case you will search the shelf by the authors name, or they will have a letter and one to two words, in which case you will search the shelf by the words.

Nonfiction call numbers are Dewey Decimal numbers. These call numbers sometimes have a letter in front of the number, which indicates that the item is located in a special section of the library.

Adult call numbers
Youth call numbers
Dewey Decimal call numbers

Adult Call Numbers:

A ... Arizona Collection
A C ... Audio (book on cassette)
A R ... Arizona Reference
A R MAGAZINE ... (North of Arizona Reference)
ARIZONA VERTICAL FILE ... (Reference)
B ... Biography
CD ... Compact Disk (music)
C D ... Compact Disk (audio book)
DVD ... Digital Video Disk (movie)
ECO ... Economic Development Collection (Reference)
F ... Fiction
F ... (French)
FLAGSTAFF VERTICAL FILE ... (Reference)
G ... German
GATES LAB ... (Lab Reference Shelf)
Gen. ... Genealogy (Reference)
H ... Hebrew
I ... Italian
J ... Juvenile (see next column)
JPN ... Japanese
KIT A C ... Book/Cassette Set (usually foreign language)
KIT C D ... Book/CD Set (usually foreign language)
L-T ... Large Type
M ... Mysteries
MAG ... Magazines
MAP ... Maps (Archives)
MICROFICHE ... (Information Desk)
MICROFILM ... (Information Desk)
NEWSPAPER ... (East Wing)
PB ... Paperback
PB RO ... Paperback Romance
Q ... Oversize
R ... Reference
S ... Spanish
S-F ... Science Fiction/ Fantasy
Tape ... Music Tapes
V C ... Video Cassette (feature films shelved by title, informational films shelved by Dewey Decimal classification)
V C A ... Video Cassette Arizona
V C S ... Video Cassette Spanish
W ... Westerns

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Youth Services Call Numbers:

A E ... Arizona Picture Book Format
A J ... Arizona Juvenile
A C J ... Audio Book Juvenile
A J R ... Arizona Juvenile Reference
BAB ... Baby Board Books
BEG ... Beginning Reader
DVD E ... Digital Video Disk Easy
DVD J ... Digital Video Disk Juvenile
E ... Picture Book Format Fiction
E B ... Picture Book Format Biography
E-F ... Picture Book Format French
E-G ... Picture Book Format German
E-H ... Picture Book Format Hebrew
E-I ... Picture Book Format Italian
E-K ... Picture Book Format Korean
E-N ... Picture Book Format Navajo
E-S ... Picture Book Format Spanish
E-V ... Picture Book Format Vietnamese
J ... Juvenile Fiction
J B ... Juvenile Biography
J D ... Juvenile Dog Stories
J H ... Juvenile Horse Stories
J M ... Juvenile Mystery
J-N ... Juvenile Nurse Stories
L-T J ... Large Type Juvenile
PB YA ... Paperback Young Adult
J R ... Juvenile Reference
J-S ... Juvenile Spanish
J S-F ... Juvenile Science Fiction/Fantasy
KIT E ... Easy Book/Cassette Set
VC E ... Video Cassette Easy
VC E-S ... Video Cassette Easy Spanish
VC J ... Video Cassette Juvenile
VC J-S ... Video Cassette Juvenile Spanish

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Dewey Decimal Call Numbers:

000 Generalities
010 Bibliographies & catalogs
020 Library & information sciences
030 General encyclopedic works
040 Unassigned
050 General serials & their indexes
060 General organizations & museology
070 News media, journalism, publishing
080 General collections
090 Manuscripts & rare books

100 Philosophy & psychology
110 Metaphysics
120 Epistemology, causation, humankind
130 Paranormal phenomena
140 Specific philosophical schools
150 Psychology
160 Logic
170 Ethics (Moral philosophy)
180 Ancient, medieval, Oriental philosophy
190 Modern Western philosophy

200 Religion
210 Natural theology
220 Bible
230 Christian Theology
240 Christian moral & devotional theology
250 Christian orders & local churches
260 Christian social theology
270 Christian church history
280 Christian denominations & sects
290 Other and comparative religions

300 Social sciences
310 General statistics
320 Political science
330 Economics
340 Law
350 Public administration
360 Social services; associations
370 Education
380 Commerce, communications, transport
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore

400 Language
410 Linguistics
420 English & Old English
430 Germanic languages, i.e., German
440 Romance languages, i.e., French
450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
470 Italic languages, i.e., Latin
480 Hellenic languages, i.e., Classical Greek
490 Other languages

500 Natural sciences & mathematics
510 Mathematics
520 Astronomy & allied sciences
530 Physics
540 Chemistry & allied sciences
550 Earth sciences
560 Paleontology, Paleozoology
570 Life Sciences
580 Botanical sciences
590 Zoological sciences

600 Technology (applied sciences)
610 Medical sciences, i.e., Medicine
620 Engineering & allied sciences
630 Agriculture
640 Home economics & family living
650 Management & auxiliary services
660 Chemical engineering
670 Manufacturing
680 Manufacture for specific uses
690 Buildings

700 The arts
710 Civic & landscape art
720 Architecture
730 Plastic arts
740 Drawing & decorative arts
750 Painting & paintings
760 Graphic arts, i.e., Printmaking & prints
770 Photography & photographs
780 Music
790 Recreational & performing arts

800 Literature & rhetoric
810 American literature in English
820 English and Old English literature
830 Literatures of Germanic languages
840 Literatures of Romance languages
850 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
860 Spanish & Portuguese literatures
870 Italic literatures, i.e., Latin
880 Hellenic literatures, i.e., Classical Greek
890 Literatures of other languages

900 Geography & history
910 Geography & travel
920 Biography, genealogy, insignias
930 History of the ancient world
940 General history of Europe
950 General history of Asia & Far East
960 General history of Africa
970 General history of North America
980 General history of South America
990 General history of other areas

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