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This guide is designed to assist students in EIEC 2210.

Reading CRC Call Numbers

Once you identify an item of interest in the CRC's catalog, you will need to find it within the library.

Each item has a Call Number. The call number tells you, the library user, precisely where in the library the item is located. As you search for books and other materials in the CRC, pay close attention to the call number associated with your item. 

All CRC books are preceded with JUV (for Juvenile), but it's what's after the JUV that's important. 

fiction book is JUV immediately followed by a letter (A-Z). This letter tells you the first letter of the author's last name. A book with the call number JUV R4624ba will be in the fiction section, particularly with all the R books because it's written by Aaron Reynolds. 

A biography is JUV immediately followed by the number 92 or 920.

  • 92's are biographies about a single person (e.g., Frederick Douglass). The 92 will be followed by the last name of the person who the biography is about. JUV 92 Simone is a biography about Nina Simone. 
  • 920's are collective biographies about two or more people (e.g., Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln). The 920 will be followed by the last name of the author who wrote the biography. JUV 920 Pinkney is a collective biography by Andrea Davis Pinkney. 

nonfiction book is JUV immediately followed by a Dewey number. The Dewey number is followed by a letter, which, like fiction, tells you the first letter of the author's last name. JUV 796.357 N427n is a nonfiction book (796.357) by Kadir Nelson (N427).

If you happen to find an item that begins with CURR TA instead of JUV, the material is in our Teaching Aids section. If an item begins with CURR, the material will be in our Curriculum section. 

Feel free to ask a librarian for help!

tl;dnr: nope. you need to read this. :)


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Joe Prince
Curriculum Resource Center
Jerome Library

Who's Joe?

Teaching experience: 17 years (all middle school - whee!)

Favorite picture book: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs the Hard Way

Favorite children's book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Favorite YA book: Midwinterblood