Reading a Call Number
Each part of the Call # tells you more about where the book can be found. And yes, there might be a code! But you can decode it.
j The letter before the numbers is a collection code that tells you in what area, or what special collection, the book is found. The ' j ' stands for 'juvenile', so this book is in the Children's Area.
398.2 is the subject number for folk tales and fairy tales. These Dewey Decimal System subject numbers help keep books on the same subject together. Books are in order by number on the shelves, from books with numbers starting with zero to those that start with 999.
LANG is the author's name. Since there are lots of fairytale books, the name or word after the number helps you find the book in ABC order once you have found the shelf with all those 398.2 books.
Most books are easy to find in Fiction, alphabetically by author name, or in Nonfiction by number. Others are in special areas with codes that you can see below.
If you take a book off the shelf but don't check it out, you can leave it on a table for library staff to put away. Staff will make sure the book is put exactly where it belongs so the next person can find it.
Collection Codes Used in the Humboldt County Public Library System
In Eureka Main Library, all of these collections have their own special area. In a smaller branch library, collections may be combined (for example, mysteries and science fiction may be shelved together with other fiction.)
ATLAS R = Atlas Case, Eureka Library Reference
AUTO R = Auto Repair Reference Collection in Eureka Library
AV ROOM = Audio-Visual Reference Books (shelved near DVDs)
BCD = Audio Books on CD, adult AV area
Board Books = Board Books for young children, with cardboard pages
CD = Music on CD, shelved by musical genre
CHINESE = Chinese & Japanese Language Collection in Eureka Library, or if children's material, Children's World Languages collection.
CLASSICS = Arcata Library Classics Collection
CONSUMER R = Consumer Reference Buying Guides, at Eureka Reference Desk
DESK R = Ask at a service desk to use this reference book
E = Children's Picture Books
E ABC = Alphabet or Counting Books, Children's Collection
E BEGINNING = Beginning Readers, Children's Collection
FICTION = Fiction Area
GOV. DOC R = Government Documents, Reference
HOLIDAY = Holiday books, shelved together by holiday, Children's Collection
HR = Humboldt Room Collection at Eureka Library
j = An item in the Children’s Area
J KIT = Children's read-along kits with book and tape or CD.
j R = Children’s Reference Books, shelved at the Children's desk in Eureka Library
j SP = Children’s Spanish Language Collection
JAPANESE = Japanese & Chinese Language Collection in Eureka Library, or if children's material, Children's World Languages collection.
jBCD = Children's audiobooks on CD
jBT = Children's audiobooks on cassette tape
jDVD = Children's movies on DVD
jV = Children's movies on video cassette
LANGUAGE BCD = Language learning kits with audio on CD
[Any LANGUAGE NAME, for example, Arabic] = Children's World Languages collection, by language name. See SPANISH, CHINESE, & JAPANESE for exceptions.
LITERACY = Adult-level readers, Literacy collection at Eureka Library
LT = Large Type Books, books in large print.
MCN = McNaughton books (Extra copies of popular books)
MYS = Mystery Novels
O&W = Older & Wiser Collection, Fortuna Branch
OVERSIZE = Oversize books, shelved together because of their large size
PB = Paperback
PERIODICAL ROOM = Eureka Library periodical back issues & reference materials, ask at 2nd Floor office.
PN = Parenting Corner in Eureka Library Children's Room
REF DESK = Ask at the Eureka Library Reference desk to use this book
SET HAR = A volume of the Harvard Classics, shelved by call number
SF = Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection
SPANISH = Spanish Language Collection
W = Western Novels
YA = Young Adult Collection