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  • The intellectual process by which things or concepts are organized to have likeness or unity and by this likeness or unity are set in relation to one another. The sorting and grouping of things

  • Purpose is to bring related items together in a helpful sequence from the general to the specific

  • Classification as a shelving device has two objectives:

    • To help the user identify and locate a work through call number (“mark it and park it”)

    • To group all works of a kind together


  • 1605: Bacon / The Advancement of Learning

    • human knowledge (derived from the senses)

      • history (memory)

      • poesy (imagination)

      • philosophy (reason)

    • theology (derived from revelation)

  • 1751: d’Alembert / suggestions for arrangement of Diderot’s Encyclopédie

    • made theology subdivision of philosophy

    • change order to history, philosophy, poesy (fine arts)

  • via Jefferson, Johnston, Harris, to Dewey


  • 1789-1800: Congress (in Philadelphia) uses the collection of Ben Franklin’s Library Co.

    • arrangement by subject as per d’Alembert

  • 1800: US legislature begins move from PA to DC

  • 1802: LC established with 740 books

    • at first, arranged by size and accession number

    • by 1812, arrangement by subject as in PA

  • 1814: British soldiers burn LC

  • 1815: Congress buys Jefferson’s 6487-book library

    • already classified by Jefferson

    • 44 main classes in d’Alembert’s basic order


  • 1864-1897: Spofford is Librarian of Congress

    • within main classes, subjects arranged hierarchically (from general to specific)

    • shelves numbered, numbers listed in integral order

    • e.g. 15/9453 = Technology--Canals; 15/9456 = Technology--Canals--Inter-ocean canals

  • 1897: LC moves to new building: 1 million volumes

    • Young = Librarian of Congress (replaced by Putnam 1899): new scheme needed


  • 2 options:

    • choose from existing schemes

      • BC ancient Greek -- Brunet

      • C17 Baconian -- Dewey

      • C19 evolutionary -- Cutter (“Expansive”)

    • build new system incorporating best of all

  • Young delegated decision to:

    • Hanson = Head of Catalogue Division: devised scheme outline

    • Martel = Chief Classifier: drafted many early schedules, did bulk of reclassification


  • Dewey was not an option

    • Dewey = “a system bound up in and made to fit the notation, and not the notation to fit the classification”

    • [Spofford also was “inexorably opposed” to the decimal system]

    • Dewey himself refused to allow LC to make major changes to his scheme

  • revised Cutter chosen instead

    • Hanson used “Expansive” in previous job (UWisc)

    • 1899: Hanson’s first outline, perfected 1904

    • Cutter taken as guide to order of main classes

      • science becomes main class, separate from philosophy and history

      • technology put close to science and medicine

    • but notation needed changing


  • 1901: Class E-F (History: America) = first to be published

  • others followed one by one, complete (except K) by 1948

  • 1969: K began publication, only KB (theocratic legal systems) remains

  • no fixed timetable for revision, each schedule revised as needed

  • no overall index to entire scheme (ct. DDC)

Order of publication of the original editions of the lc schedules
Order of publication of the original editions of the LC schedules

  • 1901 E-F History: America

  • 1902 Z Bibliography

  • 1904 M Music

  • 1905 Q Science

  • 1910 B-BJ Philosophy. Psychology

    G Geography. Anthropology, etc.

    H Social science

    J Political science

    N Fine Arts

    R Medicine

    T Technology

    U Military science

    V Naval science

Order of publication of the original editions of the lc schedules1
Order of publication of the original editions of the LC schedules

  • 1911 A General works

    L Education

    S Agriculture

  • 1915 C Auxiliary sciences of history

    PN, PR, General literature. English/American


    PS, PZ Fiction in English. Juvenile literature

  • 1916 D History: general and old world

  • 1927 BL-BX Religion

  • 1928 P-PA General philology and linguistics

  • 1933 PB-PH Modern European languages

  • 1935 PJ-PM Languages and literatures of Asia, etc

Order of publication of the original editions of the lc schedules2
Order of publication of the original editions of the LC schedules

  • 1936 P-PM suppl. Index to languages, etc.

    PQ (part 1) French literature

  • 1937 PQ (part 2) Italian, Spanish, etc.

  • 1938 PT (part 1) German literature

  • 1942 PA suppl. Byzantine, etc.

    PT (part 2) Dutch, etc.

  • 1948 PG Russian literature

  • 1969 KF Law of US

  • 1973 KD Law of UK and Ireland

  • 1976 KE Law of Canada

Order of publication of the original editions of the lc schedules3
Order of publication of the original editions of the LC schedules

  • 1977 K Law (General)

  • 1982 KK-KKC Law of Germany

  • 1984 KDZ, KG- Law of the Americas,

    KH Latin America, etc.

  • 1985 KJV-KJW Law of France

  • 1989 KJ-KKZ Law of Europe

  • 1992 KL-KWX Law of Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica

Tools schedules

  • Print schedules

  • Classification Web

  • SCM: Classification; SCM: Shelflisting: SCM: Subject Headings

  • Weekly List

  • CSB: Cataloging Service Bulletin

  • Chan’s Guide to the Library of Congress Classification

Lc s revision of cutter s notation
LC’s revision of Cutter’s notation schedules

  • mixed, not pure

    • one capital letter for main classes

    • two or three letters for subclasses

      • [double letters are now used for subclasses in all schedules except E-F, and triple letters in D and K]

    • one to four numerals (not further letters), in integral (not decimal) sequence, for subdivisions

    • decimal extensions to represent further divisions

    • Cutter numbers and publication dates for items

Outline of lcc structure of classification
Outline of LCC—Structure of Classification schedules

  • Using Cutter’s Expansive classification as a model, the structure of classification evolved to 4 parts:

    I. A General works. Polygraphy

    II. B-P Humanistic Disciplines and the Social Sciences

    III. Q-V Natural Sciences and Technology

    IV. Z Bibliography and Library Science

Rationale for main classes sub classes
Rationale for main classes/sub-classes schedules

  • Charles Martel:

    • 1. Class A—General works

    • 2. Class B—Theories of man concerning the universe

    • 3.-6. Class C-F—History and auxiliary sciences

    • 7. Class G—Geography and anthropology

    • 8.-9. Class H-J—Economic and social evolution of man

    • 10. Class K—Law,

    • 11. Class L—Education,

    • 12. Class M----Music

    • 13. Class N---Fine Arts

    • 14. Class P—Language and Literature

    • Classes B-P form the group of the Philosophico-historical and philological sciences.

Rationale for main classes sub classes1
Rationale for main classes/sub-classes schedules

  • The second group embraces the Mathematico-physical, Natural, and Applied Sciences: (15. Class Q) Science (16. Class R) Medicine (17. Class U) Military science and (20. Class V) Naval science.

  • Bibliography, which in many libraries is distributed through the different classes, is kept together in the LC and forms together with Library science (21. Class Z).

Schedules schedules

  • 4 parts:

    • A : General works

    • B-P : Humanities and social sciences

    • Q-V : Natural sciences and technology

    • Z : Bibliography and library science

Library of congress classification outline
Library of Congress Classification Outline schedules










  • K -- LAW


Library of congress classification outline1
Library of Congress Classification Outline schedules


  • N -- FINE ARTS


  • Q -- SCIENCE







Notation schedules

  • Mixed system: using letters in the Roman alphabet and Arabic numbers

  • Main classes are denoted by single capital letters with double or triple letters used for subclasses.

  • Within each main class or subclass, the integers 1-9999 are used for subdivisions, with many breaks (unused numbers) left for future needs.

  • After the 1st set of letter(s) and number(s), another set follows. The latter is called a Cutter number, always preceded by a period (or full stop), and may be used as an extension of the class number or as an item number.

Enumeration display
Enumeration display schedules

  • LCC is essentially enumerative; aspects of a subject explicitly provided for in the Schedules.

  • Common subdivisions and many form subdivisions listed explicitly under each subject

  • Include many auxiliary tables that allow for increased specificity

  • LCC—pinpointing specific numbers within ranges of numbers provided in the schedules themselves.

  • Little notational synthesis in the LCC and as a result its schedules are more voluminous than other systems.

Editorial schedules

  • proposals for changes originate with LC catalogers

  • considered at editorial HQ: LC’s Cataloging Policy and Support Office(chief: Barbara Tillett)


      • Library of Congress Classification Weekly Lists

    • Subject Cataloging Manual: Classification

      • explains classification policies

    • Subject Cataloging Manual: Shelflisting

      • explains cuttering policies

Format schedules

  • print: 40 volumes, 10000 pages

  • electronic (1993-2001):

    • Classification Plus: 1 CD; also includes LCSH, with links

      • based on MARC21 Format for Classification Data

      • allows Boolean keyword searching

      • indexes from individual schedules being merged into combined index

    • Classification Web: (since 2002)

Similarities to ddc 1
similarities to DDC : 1 schedules

  • it’s a classification scheme:

    • offers systematic approach to documents through (i) shelf arrangement, (ii) classed catalog

  • it’s universal:

    • covers all areas of human knowledge

  • it’s disciplinary:

    • universe is divided into 21 main classes: correspond largely to academic disciplines

    • classes divided into subclasses: branches of disciplines

    • subclasses divided into subdivisions: by form, place, time, subject

Similarities to ddc 2
similarities to DDC : 2 schedules

  • it’s hierarchical:

    • order within classes is general to specific

  • it’s enumerative:

    • complex subjects are explicitly listed in the schedules

  • it uses auxiliary tables:

    • allowing increased specificity

  • BUT it has little notational synthesis

    • numbers from tables are not attached to the main number (as they are in Dewey)

    • tables are used to pinpoint specific numbers within ranges of numbers provided in the schedules themselves

    • schedules are therefore longer -- but numbers shorter

Basic characteristics 1
basic characteristics : 1 schedules

  • not a philosophical division of knowledge

    • designed for purely practical purposes

    • “The system devised has not sought to follow strictly the scientific order of subjects. It has sought rather convenient sequence of the various groups, considering them as groups of books, not as groups of mere subjects.” [Putnam 1901]

  • based on literary warrant

    • designed for LC’s own collection, taking into account its existing scope, its probable use, its expected growth

    • primary purpose = legislative reference, and other use by gvt depts

    • so, e.g., history (C-G) and social sciences (H-L) emphasized more than natural sciences and technology (Q-V)

    • sort of a special classification with unusually wide scope

Basic characteristics 2
basic characteristics : 2 schedules

  • each schedule developed separately

    • by different groups of subject experts working independently

    • far less uniform than, e.g., DDC

    • sort of a series of special classifications

  • organic: continually evolving to meet users’ needs

    • intention is always that scheme should be coextensive with LC’s actual stock

    • new areas developed as needed, obsolete elements revised

Basic characteristics 3
basic characteristics : 3 schedules

  • not originally intended for use by other libraries

    • but now used widely

      • mainly for shelf/catalog arrangement in academic/research libraries

      • also by several directories of Web resources, e.g. Scout Report

    • LC makes call numbers easily available to outsiders

      • MARC records through OCLC, LC Online Catalog, serve as cataloging copy for most libraries in the country

    • libraries can now become members of the Cooperative Cataloging Council and ...

      • contribute MARC records with assigned LC class numbers to the LC database

      • suggest new numbers for the scheme

Techniques used in lcc
Techniques Used in LCC schedules

  • Classification number represents the subject of a document. It is composed of from one to three uppercase letters and an arabic whole number of up to four digits (1-9999). This number may also have decimal extensions

Techniques used in lcc1
Techniques Used in LCC schedules

  • Call numbers for LCC generally consist of three elements: the classification number (using both letters of the alphabet and arabic numerals), one or two cutter numbers and a date






Basic notation and cuttering
Basic notation and cuttering schedules

  • Call number consists of two principal elements: a class number derived from the schedules and an item number to distinguish among items under the same class number.

  • Basic notation

  • Basic cuttering

Basic notation and cuttering1

Class number: schedules

Capital letters HN

Whole number 733

Decimal extension .5

Item (Cutter) number .A54

Year of publication 2004

Social history and conditions

China-History and description


An (main entry)

Basic notation and cuttering

Basic notation and cuttering2

Class number: schedules

Capital letters PN

Whole number 2876

First Cutter number .T53

Item # (2nd Cutter P56 number)

Year of publication 1991



Tianjin ‡x History and criticism.

Ping (main entry)

Basic notation and cuttering

Example schedules

  • LCC call number = class number + item number

  • e.g., Fromm / Social character in a Mexican village

  • call number = HN113.5.F74 1996

  • class number = HN113.5

    • [main class: H = Social sciences--General]

    • subclass: HN = Social history and conditions

    • subdivision: 113 = Mexico

    • division by period: .5 = 1945-

  • item number = .F74 1996

    • Cutter number: .F74 = Fromm

    • year of publication: 1996

Example single cutter
Example: Single Cutter schedules

  • 050 00 $a Z668 $b .R365 2000

  • 100 1 $a Rehman, Sajjad ur, $d 1951-

  • 245 10 $a Preparing the information professional : $b an agenda for the future / $c Sajjad ur Rehman.

  • 260  $a Westport, Conn. : $b Greenwood Press, $c 2000.

  • 650 0 $a Library education $z United States.

  • Class number: Z668Cutter number: .R365Publication date: 2000

  • For this call number, Z is the main class letter for bibliography and library science. The numbers 668 refer to the subdivision for library education in the United States. Note the correspondence between the class number and the subjects assigned by LC. The second part of the call number, after ‡b, is "cuttered" to Rehman. Note that in the 050 field, the first (or only) cutter is preceded by a period. The third part of the call number is the date of publication.

Example double cuttering with geographic cutter
Example: Double Cuttering with Geographic Cutter schedules

  • 050 00 $a DC611.B848 $b H84 1997

  • 100 1 $a Hunt, Lindsay.

  • 245 10 $‚a Essential Brittany / $c by Lindsay Hunt

  • 260  $a Lincolnwood, Ill. : $b Passport Books, $c c1997.

  • 651 0 $a Brittany (France) $v Guidebooks.

  • DC The double letters for the subclass, French history

  • 611 The integral number meaning local history and description of an individual region, etc. of France

  • .B848 The first cutter number for a general work on Brittany. Note that in the 050 field, when double cuttering occurs, the first cutter is separated from the class number by a period; the second cutter is not preceded by a period.

  • H84 The second cutter number used for the main entry, Hunt

  • 1997 Publication date

Example double cuttering with topical cutter
Example: Double Cuttering with Topical Cutter schedules

  • 050 00 $a BL65.H36 $b F47 1991

  • 100 1 $a Ferguson, Harvie.

  • 245 10$a Religious transformation in Western society : $b the end of happiness / $c Harvie Ferguson.

  • 260  $a London ; $a New York, NY : $b Routledge, $c 1991.

  • 651 0 $a Happiness $x Religious aspects.

  • BL The double letters for the subclass, Religion, mythology, rationalism.

  • 65 The integral number for Religion in relation to other subjects, A-Z

  • .H36 The first cutter number for the topic Happiness

  • F47 The second cutter number used for the main entry, Ferguson

  • 1991 Publication date

Example decimal expansion and conference date
Example: Decimal Expansion and Conference Date schedules

  • 050 00 $a PN3433.2 ‚b .S34 1993

  • 110 2 $a Science Fiction Research Association. $b National Conference $d (1993 : $c Reno, Nevada)

  • 245 10 $a Imaginative futures : $b proceedings of the 1993 Science Fiction Research Association Conference, June 17-19, 1993, Reno, Nevada / $c edited by Milton T. Wolf and Daryl F. Mallett.

  • 260  $a San Bernardino, CA : $b Angel Enterprises : $b Distributed by the Borgo Press, $c c1994.

  • 650 0 $a Science fiction $v Congresses.

  • PN The double letters for the subclass, Literature

  • 3433 The integral number for science fiction

  • .2 The decimal expansion for congresses

  • .S34 The cutter for the main entry, Science Fiction Research Association. National Conference ...

  • 1993 The date of theconference <note that the date of the conference differs from the date of publication>

Lcc structure
LCC Structure schedules

Q Science (general)

QA Mathematics

QB Astronomy

QC Physics

QD Chemistry

23.3-26.5 Alchemy

71-142 Analytical chemistry

146-197 Inorganic chemistry

241-441 Organic chemistry

450-731 Physical and theoretical chemistry

QE Geology

Alphabetical arrangements in lcc
Alphabetical Arrangements in LCC schedules

SB 320-351 Culture of individual vegetables or types of vegetables

SB325 Asparagus 

SB327 Beans. Common bean  

SB329 Beets

SB331 Cabbage 

SB333 Cauliflower

SB335 Celery  

SB337 Cucumber 

SB339 Greens. Leafy vegetables  

SB341 Onions

SB343 Peas 

SB345 Rhubarb 

SB347 Squash. Pumpkin  

SB349 Tomatoes  

Common features of each schedule
Common Features of Each Schedule schedules

  • characteristics common to all schedules

    • preface

    • broadoutline, showing subclasses

    • detailedoutline, showing 3-level hierarchical structure

    • schedule itself

    • auxiliary tables

    • index (to the individual schedule)

Broad outline b bj as an example
Broad outline: B-BJ as an example schedules

  • Outline


    • BC LOGIC





Detailed outline b as an example
Detailed outline: B as an example schedules

  • Outline

    • B 1-5802 Philosophy (General)

      69-99 General works

      108-5902 By Period

      Including individual philosophers and schools of philosophy

      108-708 Ancient

      720-765 Medieval

      770-785 Renaissance

      790-5802 Modern

      808-849 Special topics and schools of philosophy

      850-5739 By region or country

      5800-5802 By religion

Main portion of the schedule b
Main portion of the schedule: B schedules

  • A general philosophy periodical in the German language: B3


    • Periodicals. Serials.

    • 1.A1-A3 Polyglot

    • 1.A4-Z English and American

    • 2 French and Belgian

    • 3 German

    • 4 Italian

    • 5 Spanish and Portuguese

    • 6 Russian and other Slavic

    • 8.A-Z Other. By language, A-Z

Common features of each schedule1
Common Features of Each Schedule schedules

  • Martel's Seven Points; The general pattern of arrangement of each division within a class. Not always followed.

    • General form divisions: Periodicals, Societies, Collections, Dictionaries, etc.

    • Theory, Philosophy

    • History

    • Treatises, General Works

    • Law, Regulation

    • Study and teaching

    • Special subjects and subdivisions, progressing from the more general to the specific and as far as possible in logical order

Schedule entries
schedule entries schedules

  • class number

  • heading

  • notes

    • “what should go here”

      • scope notes

      • including notes

    • “what should go elsewhere”

      • explanatory see notes

      • confer notes

    • discontinued numbers

      • see notes

    • referring from one range of numbers to another range of numbers

      • divided like notes

Scope notes
Scope Notes schedules

  • Explain what does under a particular caption, e.g.


    Inorganic chemistry

    181.A-Z Special elements. By chemical symbol, A-Z (Table Q1)  

    Class here works on the origin, properties, preparation, reactions, isotopes, and analytical chemistry of individual elements and their inorganic compounds.  

    For the determination of atomic and molecular weights, seeQD464.A-Z

Explanatory see notes
Explanatory schedulesSee Notes



Translating as a literary pursuit  

For special subjects, see the subject in classes B - Z, e.g. Technology, T11.5

For general works on translating of a specific language, see the language in subclasses PA - PL 

For translating and interpreting as a linguistic skill and technique see P306-310

Cf. PN885.2-889 Literary history of translations  

241.A1 Periodicals. Societies. Serials  

Confer notes
Confer Notes schedules

  • Also found under another number or additional subtopics found under another class number, e.g.


    Applied psychology

    637.B4 Behavior modification  

    Cf. LB1060.2 Behavior modification in learning  

    Cf. RC489.B4 Behavior therapy in clinical application

See notes parenthesized numbers
See schedules Notes & Parenthesized Numbers

  • To relocate a topic in the scheme; the existing class number is removed or parenthesized with a see reference added at the end of the caption, e.g.

    J General legislative and executive papers  

    (J1-9) Gazettes  

    see class K

    J9.5 General  

    Americas and West Indies  

    J9.7 General works  

    United States  

    (J10-75) Congressional documents  


  • Parenthesized number is not used by LC. Do not use the number, but follow the number indicated by see notes!

Including notes
Including schedules Notes

  • Indicate by example the kinds of topics subsumed under the caption, e.g.


    By region and country

    South America

    540-544 General (Table L2)  

    Including Latin America in general

Alternate class numbers
Alternate Class Numbers schedules

  • On some LC cataloging records, one or more alternate class number provided in addition to the regular LC call number, e.g.

    • For subject bibliographies regularly classed in Z and for analytics in series or sets classed as a whole

    • For works in medicine: shared between LC and National Library of Medicine

Supplementary aids to the use of the classification
Supplementary Aids to the Use of the Classification schedules

  • A general index to the schedules

    • No print version; electronic merged index with inconsistencies and incompatible vocabulary

  • Manuals for the Classification

    • SCM: Shelflisting

    • SCM: Classification

  • Procedure for revision and expansion

    • CPSO of LC reviews new proposals weekly

    • Approved numbers: effective immediately: quarterly LC Classification, Additions and Changes

Arrangement of divisions 1

forms of publication schedules, and special aspects of the discipline as a whole (all may be subdivided geographically)

general form subdivisions

periodicals, societies




collected works


dictionaries and encyclopedias

philosophy (cf. -01 in DDC)

history (commonly subdivided chronologically)


general works

study and teaching (cf. -07 in DDC)

logical breakdown into subtopics

arrangement of divisions : 1

Arrangement of divisions 2
arrangement of divisions : 2 schedules

  • BUT this is not an absolute order

  • form divisions are developed individually for each subject, based largely on literary warrant

  • divisions appear in various combinations and orders in different schedules

  • classifiers beware!

Geographic subdivision
geographic subdivision schedules

  • alphabetic

    • i.e., “By region or country, A-Z”

  • classified

    • America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic

    • so a region can have its own specific subdivisions (topic-under-place citation order)

  • “Geographical and chronological arrangements ... are framed in accordance with the needs of each subject field; that is, they are not carried out by means of a single division table as is the case in certain other classifications. This feature of the schedules has been both criticized and praised; criticized for resulting in extremely detailed and bulky individual schedules, praised for the freedom allowed in each schedule for development according to its subject field’s own intrinsic structure.” (Angell 1969)

New class numbers
New Class Numbers schedules

  • five methods for possible expansion

    • unused letters: I, O, W, X, Y

      • (W is used by NLM for medicine, which many libraries prefer to R)

    • third capital letter (as in D and K)

    • unused numbers (“breaks”) and double letters

    • decimal extensions (where no available integers for new subjects)

    • Cutter numbers

Cutter numbers
Cutter Numbers schedules

  • Following the class number is a cutter number or book number.

  • Cutter number usually represents the first non-article word of the main entry, although LCC does utilize cutter numbers to further represent the subject of a book. These are called “double cutters”

  • The cutter number provides for the alphabetical subarrangement of works within a class and enables a library to develop a unique call number for each work

  • A cutter number consists of a single letter of the alphabet preceded by a decimal point. The alphabetical character is followed by one or more arabic numerals.

  • When a second cutter is used, only the first cutter is preceded by a decimal point

Cutter numbers1
Cutter Numbers schedules

  • assigning Cutter numbers = cuttering

    • added so that books with same class numbers are shelved in alphabetical order

    • upper-case letter + (usually) two Arabic numerals, assigned from Cutter table

    • may be based on personal/corporate names, placenames, topical terms, title words, periods ...

  • (i) used as item numbers (as in earlier example)

    • assigning Cutter numbers as item numbers = shelflisting

    • each author does not have invariable Cutter number

  • (ii) used as extension of class number, for topic/place/form/period subdivision

    • so there are sometimes two Cutter numbers in one call number

Cutter numbers2
Cutter Numbers schedules

  • first Cutter is preceded by period, second is appended to first

  • numerical part of Cutter number is treated decimally

  • publication date always added to end (+ a, b, etc. as necessary to distinguish different editions of same work published in same year)

  • sometimes other elements are needed to distinguish items

    • e.g., volume or issue numbers, “Suppl.”, copy number

  • item numbers must fit into existing sequence without duplication

Lc cutter table
LC Cutter Table schedules

(1) After initial vowels

for the second letter: b d l-m n p r s-t u-y

use number: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

(2) After initial letter S

for the second letter: a ch e h-i m-p t u w-z

use number: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

(3) After initial letters Qu

for the second letter: a e i o r t y

use number: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

For initial letters Qa-Qt, use: 2-29

(4) After other initial consonants

for the second letter: a e i o r u y

use number: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

(5) For expansion

for the letter: a-d e-h i-l m-o p-s t-v w-z

use number: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

For authors or titles starting with Arabic numbers use A 12-19.

Lc cutter table example
LC Cutter Table: Example schedules

Catton .C37

Cecil .C4

Cheever .C44

Cicco .C5

Clint .C55

Corson .C6

Cox .C69

Crane .C7

Crider .C75

Cronin .C76

Cullen .C8

Cyert .C9

Single cutter number
Single cutter number schedules









Double cutter numbers
Double cutter numbers schedules

  • One-stage extension

    • QC793.3.F5 S45 1996

  • Class number extension; further subdivision of subject

    • DS135.S88 L53613 1998 (1st cutter: local subdivisions of Sweden; 2nd cutter: L536 for the local subdivision, Lidingo, and the successive element (13) for an English translation)

Double cutter numbers1
Double cutter numbers schedules

  • Class number extension; further subdivision of subject

    • N6530.N72 C646 1996 (1st cutter: N7 for the state of New York with the successive element (2) meaning a local subdivision other than cities; 2nd cutter number for Columbia County)

    • DA591.A45 Y6786 1996 (1st cutter: for royal family members; 2nd cutter: for the biographee, York, Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of (form of authorized personal heading)

Double cutter numbers2
Double cutter numbers schedules

  • Class number extension; further subdivision of subject

    • DA591.A45 Y6788 1996 (1st cutter: for royal family members; 2nd cutter number: for the biographee, York, adjusted to distinguish different works about York)

Topical cutter numbers
Topical cutter numbers schedules

  • Alphabetico-classed arrangement

    • QP112.R6 Radiography

    • QL737.C433 Monodontidae

Cutter numbers as geographic subdivision
Cutter numbers as geographic subdivision schedules

  • By region or country, A-Z

  • By region or state, A-Z

  • By region or province, A-Z

  • By individual island or group of islands, A-Z

  • By place, A-Z

  • By city, A-Z

A and z cutter numbers
“A” and “Z” cutter numbers schedules

  • RA

    • 997.A1 Periodicals. Societies. Serials

    • 997.A15 Congresses

    • 997.A2 Directories

    • 997.A3-Z General works

Successive cutter numbers
Successive cutter numbers schedules

  • A series of Cutter numbers (e.g., .C5, .C6, .C7, etc.) or more typically, decimal extensions of a Cutter number (.B4, B42, B43, etc.) in an established succession or order

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Successive cutter numbers schedules

  • RA (1995 ed. of R schedule)

    984 Other American regions and countries, A-Z

    Under each country:

    .x General works

    .x2 Government hospitals

    .x3 States, provinces, etc., A-Z

    .x4 Cities, etc., A-Z

    e.g. China

    .C6 General works

    .C62 Government hospitals

    .C63 States, A-Z

    .C64 Cities, A-Z

Tables schedules

  • general-application (see SCM: Shelflisting), i.e. “free-floating”: usually based on Cutter numbers

    • geographic tables

    • biography tables

    • translation tables

  • limited-application: often based on adding table numbers to base numbers

    • entire class

      • e.g., author tables for B and P, form tables for K, geographic tables for H

    • subclass only

Examples schedules

  • American culture in the Netherlands

    • E183.8.N4A44 1996

    • N4 = first Cutter number, from Regions and Countries Table, for the Netherlands

    • A44 = second Cutter number, for the main entry

  • Morris / On poetry, painting, and politics: the letters of May Morris and John Quinn

    • CT788.M643A4 1997

    • M64 = first Cutter number, for the biographee

    • A4 = second Cutter number, from Biography Table, meaning Letters

Examples schedules

  • Kant / Practical philosophy. [Translated by Gregor].

    • B2758.G74 1996

    • 2758 = 2750 for Kant, + 8 for English translation

  • Hemingway / The short stories

    • PS3515.E37A6 1997

    • PS = American literature

    • 3515 = Modern American authors whose last names begin with the letter ‘H’

    • .E37 = first Cutter number, for Hemingway

    • A6 = second Cutter number, from Table P-PZ40, meaning Selected Works

    • 1997 = date of publication

Lcc call number date
LCC Call Number: Date schedules

  • LC adds date to call number. Generally the date used is the date of publication, but there are exceptions:

    • Conference main entry: use date of conference

    • Photocopy: date of original plus work letter “a”

    • Looseleaf publications: no date used

Date of publication

Date in bibl. record schedules

1976? or ca. 1976

1981, c1980

1971, c1972

1979 [i.e. 1978]

1962 or 1963

1980 printing, c1957

1979 [distributed] 1980


1977 (cover 1978)

197- or 197-?

19– or 19--?

Date in call number

use 1976

use 1981

use 1972

use 1978

use 1962

use 1957

use 1979

use 1979

use 1978

use 1970z (if corporate body, use 1970)

use 1900z (if corporate body, use 1900)

Date of Publication

Dates special situations g140 2
Dates: Special situations (G140.2) schedules

a. Congress or conference headings. If the date of a congress or conference is present in the main entry, use the date of the congress or conference . If a date is not present, use the imprint date (cf. G 230). Example:

111 20 $a International Congress of Navigation $n(25th : $d 1981 : $c Edinburgh, Scotland)

Use 1981

b. Multiparts. Add the date of imprint of the first/earliest part (i.e. the earliest date found in either the 260 field or the 362 1 field) to the call number, unless the new multipart item is in a larger multipart item/monographic series classed as a collection. (See the ILS supplement, Workflow #4 for details.)

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Dates: Special situations (G140.2) schedules

c. Photocopy or facsimile editions. Add the date of the original edition and the work letter a.

d. Other editions. For later editions of the same work, use the imprint date. If another edition is received with the same imprint date, use the work letters starting with b. Examples:

  • .I33 1982 .I33 1982b .I33 1982c, etc.

    e. Corporate authorship. For works entered under a corporate body, use the imprint date. If another work by the same corporate body is received, use work letters starting with a (cf. G 220). Examples:

    .R37 1981 .R37 1981a .R37 1981b, etc.

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Dates: Special situations (G140.2) schedules

f. Printing dates in the note area. Disregard the printing dates in the note area and use the imprint date. Example:

260 $c [1982-<1984>

500 $a Vol. 1: 1983 printing; vol. 2: 1984 printing.

Use 1982 in the call number

g. Date in main entry uniform title area. When there is a date in the main entry uniform title area, use the imprint date. Example:

130 0# $a Survey of minority owned business enterprises (1982)

260 $b U.S. Govt. Print. Off., $c 1985

Use 1985 in the call number

Exceptions to adding a date g140 3
Exceptions to adding a date ( schedules(G140.3)

Supplement and indexes. Do not add a date to the call number after the designations Suppl. or Index. Examples:

  • .C64 1977 .C64 1977 Suppl. .C64 1977 Suppl. 2

  • .C64 1977 .C64 1977 Index .C64 1977 Index 2

    b. Classes subarranged by date only

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Exceptions to adding a date ( schedules(G140.3)

Classes subarranged by date and main entry, e.g.GV722 Olympic games. (Modern revivals) Individual contests. By year Subarrange by author

Call no.: GV722 1952.W4 1981

d. Loose-leaf materials: Do not add a date to call numbers for:

  • Loose-leaf services, e.g.

    300 $a loose-leaf and continuously kept up to date

  • The final Cutter is selected from a span based on dates, e.g. Table KFA-KFZ 30.A3-39

Date in lc call numbers
Date in LC Call Numbers schedules

  • Date as Part of Class Number & publication date

  • Sherrow, Victoria. Hardship and hope : America and the Great Depression. 1997

    HB Subclass: Economic theory

    3717 History of crises

    1929 The date of crises

    .S54 The Cutter number for the main entry


    1997 The date of publication

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Date in LC Call Numbers schedules

  • Decimal extension of the class number

  • Chou, B. Ralph. Your complete guide to the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994. 1993

    QB Subclass: Astronomy

    544 The subdivision meaning solar eclipse from 1900 to 1999

    .94 The decimal number bringing out the year of the eclipse, 1994

    .C48 The Cutter Number for main entry, Chou

    1993 The date of publication

Date in lc call numbers2
Date in LC Call Numbers schedules

  • Class P, Literature: the date of edition or publication is often represented by a date letter consisting of a letter followed by two digits.

    • PR4470.F37

    • F37 means 1937

Date in lc call numbers3
Date in LC Call Numbers schedules

  • Color-Art, Inc. California-Nevada. 1996

    G Subclass: Geography (General), atlases, maps

    4361 A subject map of the State of California

    P2 The subject-letter number meaning Roads

    1996 The date of map situation

    .C6 The Cutter number for the main entry, Color-Art, Inc.

Date of imprint as part of class number
Date of Imprint as Part of Class Number schedules

  • To be sub-arranged by “imprint date” or “by date”, the year of publication follows the class number immediately without further Cutter Numbers or date.

  • Treasury Board papers, 1772-1775 (T1/498-511). 1994

    CD Subclass: Diplomatics, Archives, Seals

    1055 General calendars of the Treasury of Great Britain, by date (cf. Table C4)

    1994 The date of publication

    *A letter (“b” or higher) is added to the date to differentiate documents with the same date.

Date of period policy etc as part of class number
Date of Period, Policy, etc., As Part of Class Number schedules

  • Various editions of John Kenneth Galbraith’s The great crash:


    3717 3717 3717 3717

    1929 1929 1929 1929

    .G32 .G32 .G32 .G32

    1979 1988 1988b 1997

Library of congress classification
MARC schedules

  • 050 00 HD83 $b .B374 1997

  • 050 4 E457.99 $b .L495 1997

  • 050 4 QP552.C24 $b G85 1996

  • 050 4 G1899.Z8 $b P5 1996

  • 050 4 G5404.R6E635 1996 $b .W4 [call number for a map]

  • 050 00 Z5815.R6 $b V55 1997 $a LA972

Strengths of lcc
Strengths of LCC schedules

  • Practical

  • Based on materials at LC, similar to collections in many academic & research libraries

  • Enumerative system, do not have to synthesize

  • Schedules developed by subject experts

  • Notation is compact and hospitable

  • Frequent updates that are published

  • Need for reclassification is kept to a minimum; few structural changes

Weaknesses of lcc
Weaknesses of LCC schedules

  • Scope notes inferior to DDC

  • US bias in emphasis and terminology

  • Too few subjects are treated as compounds

  • Alphabetical arrangement used instead of hierarchical

  • No clear and predictable basis for subject analysis based on class

Weaknesses of lcc1
Weaknesses of LCC schedules

  • As a result of maintaining stability, parts of the classification are obsolete -- like photography is under technology; cookery is in engineering

  • Keeping an up - to - date set of all the schedules is expensive

  • Table structure more arcane than DDC

General principles of classification
General Principles of Classification schedules

  • Choosing a classification number: General guidelines

    • Consider usefulness: when a work can be classed in more than one number, consider where it will be most useful to the readers

    • Subject is usually prior to form: class by subject, then by form, except in literature, where subject is secondary to form

    • Use the most specific number: class the work in the most specific number that will contain it rather than with the general topic

    • Do not classify from the index alone: always check number from index in main schedule

General principles of classification1
General Principles of Classification schedules

  • Choosing a classification number: Multi-topical works

    • Class with dominant subject

    • Class under first subject if dominant subject cannot be determined

    • Class under broader subject if work deals with three or more subjects which are subdivisions of a broader subject

      • Use number for Chemistry for a work on Analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemsitry

Scm f 10 general principles
SCM F 10: General principles schedules

  • Class works according to their subject matter.

  • Unless specific instructions, class a work by its specific subject, not by its form under a broader topic. If no number for the specific form of the work being cataloged has been established in the schedules, see F195, sec.4

  • Classify by the subject, rather than by place if a choice must be made between these two.

    • Under the topical caption:

      • Class works limited to a specific geographic area in […]

    • Under the caption “By region or country”:

      • Including specific topics

  • Use the most specific number available. Use a broader number only if no specific number is available.

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SCM F 10: General principles schedules

  • Where several subjects are discussed in a work, choose the classification number according to the most appropriate of the following guidelines:

    • Class according to instructions printed in the schedules

    • Class according to dominant subject

    • If no subject is dominant, class under the first one mentioned in the work being cataloged.

    • Class with a broader subject, if the work deals with several subjects that, taken together, constitute a major part of a larger subject.

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SCM F 10: General principles schedules

  • In problematic cases where several numbers appear satisfactory, class according to the intent of the author or where it appears that the work would be most usefully located.

  • Unless instructions in the schedules or past practice dictate otherwise, class works on the influence of one subject on another with the subject influenced.

  • For the relationship between the order of subject headings and the class number, see H80.

Go forth and classify

And it came to pass that when Kutta the Book God had made the first library she saw that it was good. She called the librarians together and divided them as a herder divides the sheep and goats. To the first group she spoke, saying, 'You shall dwell in the light and serve the readers, and your glory shall be great.' Then she turned to the second group and spoke, saying, 'You shall dwell in darkness. Secret shall be your ways and hidden your practices. You shall not know the public, neither shall any reader know you. Go forth and classify."

Michael Gorman (1979)