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Nonfiction Shelving

Nonfiction books are placed on shelf by Dewey order
(1st line of spine label) 
File numerically by ascending number:
For example:  
560, 561, 562, 563, 567 560, 561, 562, 563, 567 „

If the number is the same before the decimal, file by numerical order of digits after the decimal:
For example:  

560.001    560.015     560.07     560.13    560.135    560.2 567    567.9    567.912

If books have identical Dewey call numbers, file alphabetically using the first three letters of author’s last name
(do not use articles - the, a, an)

For example:  
567.912 BAK    567.912 COH    567.912 DIN    567.912 NIN

If same call # and author, file by title:

For example:
567.912 COH ‘Allosaurus’    
567.912 COH ‘Tyrannosaurus’    
567.912 COH ‘Velociraptor'


How to Shelve Nonfiction by Dewey Decimal System


Ficton Shelving

Fiction books are placed on shelf alphabetically 

File by call number - the first three letters of author’s last name:  
For example:
CLE     DAN     HOR     WAL „

If first same call number, file by author’s ENTIRE last name/first name/first word of title:
For example:
CLEARMAN    CLEARY    CLEAVER    Clearman, Donna    Clearman, Harold

If more than one title by same author, file next by title:

For example:
ACKerman, Karen ‘The Banshee’    
ACKerman, Karen ‘The Song and Dance Man’    
ACKerman, Karen ‘When Mama Retires’


How to Shelve Fiction


Fronting Books on the Shelves

Please make sure all book spines are even with the edge of the shelving in all sections of the LMC.  Books will often get pushed to the back of the shelving unit when patrons are browsing.


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