Going to the shelves to get a book: Call numbers
A call number is like a street address - it tells you where to find the book in the library. The Philson Library uses National Library of Medicine call numbers. These start with letters of the alphabet followed by numbers.
- The first letter/s indicate the subject area, eg QV - Pharmacology, WS - Paediatrics
Books in the General library use Dewey Decimal call numbers. These start with numbers.
- The first numbers indicate the subject area, eg 302 - Social interactions, 611 - Human anatomy
This diagram shows how our library call number works: