We'll endeavor to answer emailed questions within 1 business day.
Text questions from your phone, and we'll text you back. This service is free, but text message rates from your cell phone provider may apply.
Concordia librarians are available to assist you from 9am-6pm (Pacific time) Monday-Friday.
Concordia librarians are available at the Reference Desk to assist you from 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday.
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
2800 NE Liberty Street
Portland, OR 97211
Explore the libraries' collections of print and electronic books, journals and peer-reviewed articles, theses, media resources, and course reserve materials, all in a single search.
Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know - find it in Research Guides!
Find the best library databases for your research.
Answered By: Krista Reynolds Last Updated: Aug 05, 2014 Views: 19
Look for the location information in the catalog record. Most books are shelved in the Main Collection (2nd and 3rd floors), but we also have Children's Literature (room 210), Oversize (3rd floor), and Reference (1st floor).
- Read the call number line by line.
- Call numbers that begin with A - D are located on the 2nd floor and E - Z are on the 3rd floor; the letter sections are in alphabetical order.
- Once you have located the letter section of your book, look at the second line, which is a number. Read the second line as a whole number. Within a letter section, numbering begins with 1 and may go to the thousands.
- Once you have found the letter and number section of your book, look at the third line, which begins with a letter. Again, books are shelved in alphabetical order by the third line, and are then ordered by the number, which is read as a decimal.
- The fourth line is read the same way as the third line (or for some books may be the publication date).
- The fifth line, shown on the books below, is generally the publication date. If we have the same book but different editions, older editions would be shelved before newer editions (e.g. 1998 before 2004).
The call number groups books on similar subjects together. Browse the shelves to find related information!
Please ask a librarian if you'd like help!
Email your Question
If your question isn't in the knowledge base already, submit it and we'll answer as quickly as possible.