What Are The Classifications Of Books In The Library?


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Books in a library are classified in a few different ways. The most popular way to classify them is by using the universal decimal numbering system. There are a few variations of the decimal numbering system and the Dewey Decimal system is used most frequently in libraries. Using a numbering system to locate books helps to keep them in order and to also keep similar books with similar subjects all in one place in a library. These numbers split the books into different classes, for example, history has a section, as does economics.

Although this is the case, some libraries do like to pull out a few books, especially fiction and the most popular books and put them onto stands in the library. If you find that a book should be in the library, according to the loan records but it is not where it should be with its classmark, it will usually be on a presentation stand. Ask the librarian and they should know what books are currently on the presentation stands.

In the Dewey Decimal system there are ten classes. These are all numbered from 000 to 900 and go up by the hundred. These are the divisions;
  • 000 Computer science
  • 100 Philosophy and psychology
  • 200 Religion
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 400 Language
  • 500 Science and Math
  • 600 Technology
  • 700 Arts
  • 800 Literature
  • 900 History, Geography and Biography
Within each class there are ten divisions. This makes 100 divisions in total. A division is classified as the number after the hundreds digit on a library book. These further split up the sections within the classes. Within each of the divisions there are ten sections, this makes 100 sections in each class and overall in the Dewey Decimal system, it has 10 classes, 100 divisions and 1000 sections.

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