How do I find a book or journal on the shelves?

Library shelves

To find a book or journal in the library, you need to know its call number. Essentially, the call number is the item's shelf address. Krannert Memorial Library’s call numbers are based on the Dewey Decimal System, which organizes items according to their subject matter.

A book's call number label is usually on its spine. (If the book is very thin, the label may be placed on the front cover instead.)  Issues of a journal are usually grouped together into a magazine file box, with the call number on the spine of the box. (Older journals often have been bound together into a book-like volume instead of being placed into file boxes.)

 Book spine

How do I find out what the call number is?

To find the call number for a book or journal, look up the book title or journal name in KML’s Catalog (accessible under the Library & Technology tab of My UIndy).

In the Catalog entry for your item, you will find the call number listed under "Check for Copies." Once you write down this number, you are ready to go locate your item.

Catalog entry

How call numbers translate to shelf location

  1. Collection Information
    The first part of the call number indicates the Collection. Collections are located in the library as follows:

Collection

Description / Library Location

CIRCULATION STACKS

Books.

  • Look at the first three numbers of the call number to determine which floor your item is on:

                                000-369 : Basement
                                370-699 : 2nd floor
                                700-999 :  3rd floor

PERIODICALS

Journals, magazines, and newspapers.

  • Current year periodicals are shelved on the first floor along the north side, alphabetically by journal name.
  • Past issues are organized into magazine boxes by volume/year and shelved along with items in the Circulation Stacks in the basement and on the 2nd and 3rd floors by call number.

REFERENCE

Reference works such as encyclopedias, fact books, directories.

  • First floor

FOLIO

Oversized books that do not fit on standard shelving.

  • 3rd floor, SW corner

JUVENILE

Children’s literature.

  • 3rd floor, NE corner

ETC

Educational Textbook Collection – K-12 textbooks used in Indiana. This collection is mainly used by students in the School of Education.

  • 3rd floor, NE corner room

THESIS

Master’s and Doctoral theses.

  • Library Storeroom
    Please ask at the front desk, and we will be happy to retrieve your item from the storeroom.

RESERVE

Items reserved for specific classes, usually with a 2-hour check-out period.

  • Please ask for your item at the front desk.

E-BOOK

Electronic book available to read online. Some e-books can be downloaded to your computer or e-reader device.

  • To get to your e-book, click on the link provided in the book’s Catalog entry.

MICROFILM

Periodicals on microfilm/microfiche.

  • Filing cabinets in the basement

VIDEO
DVD
CF
CD
TAPE
REC
RM

Various media formats.

  • Please ask at the front desk for these items.

 

KIT

Various “kits” of educational materials, mostly used by students in the School of Education.

  • Please ask at the front desk for these items.

 

 

2.  Making sense of the numbers

The numbers after the Collection designation give more specific information about the item’s shelf location. Each shelf is organized left to right, with smaller numbers to the left of larger numbers.

780 

 

780.2 

780.8 

781 

781.1

781.3

 


780.7 

 

780.71 

780.713 

780.74 

780.7423

780.8

 


 

780.71
F35

780.71 
F353

780.71 
F36

780.71 
F4
 

780.71 
K24

780.71 
P15

 


 

780.71
R35
1995

780.71
R35
1999

780.71
R35
2003 

 


Note on Journal Boxes

Once you locate the box for your journal, you can look through the issues to find the one you need. Ideally, the issues will be in chronological order, but sometimes they are out of order if the previous user has not carefully refiled an issue.

Journal file box

 

More about the Dewey Decimal System and how it works