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Academic libraries organize the books on the shelf using a classification system called the Library of Congress Classification System. This differs from public libraries which use the Dewey Decimal System. Subjects are organized by letters; one way to quickly find where the books on a particular subject are located is to look at a classification schedule (for example, the P's is where you can find language and literature.)

The classification system uses letters and numbers called "call numbers" to arrange the books. If you have the call number, you are then able to find the book anywhere in the library.

The best way of locating a book is to first conduct a search in the online Minuteman Library Network catalog, using a subject, keyword or title search. Once you find a book, write down the call number to help you locate the book in the library. A librarian can help you locate the book in the stacks as well.

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