How can I find a book in the library?
Once you have the call number, use our floor plans to locate the book in the library.
To find the book pictured above with call number PN6714 .S85 2014:
Go to our floor plans page to see where books with PN call numbers are located (Copley & Camino Lower Level)
Go to the Copley & Camino Lower Level floor plan then mouse over the P - Z call number range to see that PN books are found in the Camino Wing near the entrance
Go to the lower level of the Camino Wing then look at the signs at the top end of each shelf row to find the PNs
Find the PN6000s within that row
Find the PN6710s and continue on "reading" the call number from left to right
By the time you find the PN6714 .S books, you should be able to locate your book by reading titles of the books on the spines nearby
Quick Guide to Reading Call Numbers
Like most university libraries, Copley uses the Library of Congress Classification System (as opposed to Dewey Decimal, which is common in schools and some public libraries).
You might see call numbers written vertically or horizontally:
|or||PN6714 .S85 2014|
Each part of the call number is read differently:
|Read as a whole number||68||before||673|
|Read as a decimal||.S85||before||.S9|
Credit: Parts of this FAQ were inspired by and borrowed from this University of Toronto Libraries FAQ.