An explanation of:
Call numbers are a classification system which allow books, journals and othe items relating to the same subject to be located together. They consist of a series of predetermined numbers and letters which are generally stuck to the spine or front of each item.
Monash University Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification system for its call numbers except:
Call numbers are basically divided into two parts:
Some call numbers have a third part for the year of publication or extra author information.
Here is the call number for Spacetime Physics by Edwin F. Taylor, and John Archibald Wheeler, and what the parts describe:
|In the Hargrave-Andrew Library|
|530.11 T239S||Subject: 530 = Physics .11 = Relativity Theory
Author: T239 = Taylor S = Spacetime
|In Caulfield Library|
|530.11 TAY||Subject: 530 = Physics .11 = Relativity Theory
Author: TAY = Taylor
It is important that you note down all of the call number, and which part of the Monash collection the item is held in. Then you need to find each part of the number in turn.
For example to find the book: Understanding Enzymes, by T. Palmer (call number 547.758 P176U4):
If you can't find an item:
Sometimes call numbers seem very inconsistent, both inside and outside Monash. The reasons for this include:
Key points to remember when deciphering call numbers:
The Monash libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. This ensures that all materials on similar subject areas are kept together on the shelves. The following call numbers may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves for Mathematics and related subject areas.
|510.1||Philosophy and theory|
|511||General principles of mathematics|
|511.4||Approximation and expansion|
|512.2||Groups and group theory|
|512.6||Category theory, homological algebra, K-theory|
|512.9||Foundations of algebra|
|514.3||Topology of spaces|
|515.24||Sequences and series|
|515.3||Differential calculus and equations|
|515.4||Integral calculus and equations|
|515.8||Functions of real variables|
|515.9||Functions of complex variables|
|519||Probabilities and applied mathematics|
|519.8||Special topics of applied mathematics|
|523.4||Planets - astronomy|
|551.5||Atmosphere - meteorology|
|808||Essay, reports and technical writing|
Some call numbers are preceded by a location prefix. That means the book is shelved in a special location, and may have loan restrictions. The Hargrave-Andrew Library uses the following prefixes.
|Reference||Level 1 (Not for loan)|
|Reserve||Level 1 (Overnight, or 3-hr loan)|
|Maps||Level 1 (Some items may not be available for loan)|
Level 1 (Overnight loan for staff and post-graduate students only)
Level 1: Call number: 001 - 540.5 I85
Level 2: Call number: 540.5 J86 - 552.05 C764
Ground level: Call number: 552.05 J86 - 925 A1 NAT(Overnight loan for staff and post-graduate students only)
|Standards||Level 1 (Not for loan)|
f <f stands for 'folio'>Level 2 - Items are shelved after the book call number 999.