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Composition 1 - Melbourne - ENC 1101

A guide for Composition I Students at Eastern Florida State College- Melbourne campus.

Call numbers

The EFSC Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to arrange books and videos on the shelves. This system uses letters and numbers to make up the call number.

At the Melbourne Campus Library, circulating books are located on the eight shelves perpendicular to the windows and the Reference section occupies three tall shelves in the middle of the library. 

For example, these various subjects are found starting with these call numbers:


Call number begins with...

Gun Control


Medical Marijuana


 Healthcare Reform


 American Government






 Space Technology




 American Poetry




 Florida History

 F 311



What's a call number?

the call number on library items such as books begins with letters

A CALL NUMBER is located on the spine, or edge of the book.  It helps us to organize all the books and materials in our collection and to locate the book on the shelf.

EFSC libraries use The Library of Congress classification system.  This is different from the Dewey Decimal system used in school and public libraries.

Anatomy of a Library of Congress Call Number

The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
DS559.45 = Vietnamese Conflict

The third line often represents the author's last name.
H35 = Hallin

The last line represents the date of publication.1986

Book title: Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam
Author: Daniel C. Hallin
Call Number: DS559.46 .H35 1986


*Used with permission from the University of Georgia Library System.


Guides a/k/a Range Finders

On the end of each shelf, you will find guides, or range finders, that let you know the which call numbers are located on this particular shelf.

range finders show the call numbers found there