How the Book Collection is Arranged
The Georgia Highlands College Library abides by the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. The Library of Congress Class System is an alpha-numeric system (meaning a combination of letters and numbers). The collection is first divided into 21 major subject categories with preceded by a letter. For instance, books on Science are found in the “Q” section.
B-Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
F-State & Regional History
G-Geography, Maps, Anthropology, and Recreation
P-Language & Literature
Q-Math & Science
The subject categories are further divided into more specific designations.
The spine of the book contains four sections of numeric information. Arranged in vertical order from top to bottom on the spine, a fictitious example of a 1990 Chemistry book written by Peter Hamlet might look like this:
QD-Introductory chemistry (LC Class Designation)
26.5-The Number for Alchemy (a sub classification within Chemistry)
H35-the Cutter Number (the H is the author’s last name)
All books are arranged in a progressive alphanumeric order on the shelf.
Example of how they should appear on the shelf:
QA10, QA72, QA88, QA105, QA227, QA309, QA574, QA1009, QA2342, QA2571
It is not so important that you understand every category of the LC Class Scheme as much as you understand where to go in the library to find a particular book.
Arrangement of Journal and Periodical collections
Journal and Periodical holdings are displayed in Alphabetical order by title.