Q. Do you have a key to the two/three letter prefix in shelf numbers?

When I search for title and get multiple results, title shelf location numbers have codes with two or three letter prefixes such as CDB, B, etc. What do they mean? Do you have an online key which describes them?


B is for circulating non-fiction biography; for example, Claire Tomalin'sbiography of Charles Dickens would be B DIC TOM. Charles Dickens is the subject of the biography and Claire Tomalin is the author.

CDB would be a biography on CD; for example, Bill Clinton's biography on CD would be CDB CLI CLI. In this case, he is the subject as well as the author of the biography.

All non-fiction reference books have an R at the beginning of the call number e.g. R 813.5 DIC

Juvenile prefixes are J or YA. Juvenile reference books are JR

Fiction prefixes are F (general fiction), SF (science fiction), M (mystery), W (western). e.g. F DIC for Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield' or SF BRA for Ray Bradbury's 'The Illustrated Man.'

ZF refers to rare books in Archives e.g. T.S. Stribling's 'Unfinished Cathedral' - ZF STR.

H refers to books in the Heritage Room e.g. Gardner Ashaf  Churchill's 'The Churchill Family in America' - H 929.2 CHU V. 1 and H 929.2 CHU V. 2.



  • Last Updated Jan 09, 2019
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