Cutter Classification

To find your book, see if it is Library of Congress or Cutter, then look at how the call number begins, and then at the table below to see where that is in the building. It’s complicated, so don’t hesitate to ask for help!

We shelve by size to maximize our space and the following in call numbers indicate whether a book is small (.), medium (+) , or large (/ or //).

  Points (.)Pluses (+)Slashes (/ or//)
Cutter Call #CollectionLocation and MapLocation and MapLocation and Map
1PhilosophyBasement DrumBasementBasement
2ReligionBasement DrumBasementBasement
3Judaism, ChristianityBasement Drum and BasementBasementBasement
4Ecclesiastical HistoryBasementBasementBasement
5Biography-Eastern Hemisphere3rd Floor Gallery and 3rd Floor3rd Floor3rd Floor
:5Biography-Eastern Hemisphere Off-site  
6Biography-W.Hemisphere3rd Floor and Drum 3Drum 3Drum 3
7History, Customs, HeraldryDrum 3 Up and Drum 3Drum 3 UpDrum 3 Up
:7Antiquities, ChronologiesDrum 3Drum 3 Up Drum 3 Up 
8History-E. HemisphereDrum 3 and Drum 3 DownDrum 3 UpDrum 3 Up
:8History-E. HemisphereDrum 3 Down and Drum 2 UpDrum 3 UpDrum 3 Up
9History-W. Hemisphere5th Floor, 5th Floor Gallery5th Floor5th Floor Gallery
:9 Off-site  
°A-°D Off-site  
ADescription & Travel- E. Hemisphere1st Floor Gallery and Basement1st Floor Gallery1st Floor Gallery
:AGeography,Cartography,Travel- E. HemisphereDrum 2 UpDrum 3 UpDrum 3 Up
BDescription & Travel- W. HemisphereBasementBasementBasement
:B Off-site  
CEconomics, SociologySub-basementBasementBasement
DEducation, Women, SlaveryBasementBasementBasement
:°E-°F Off-site  
EPolitical Science, Government, International LawBasementBasementBasement
FEnglish Law, ParliamentOff-site  
°GGuidebooksDrum 2 Up
GLaw, U.S. CongressBasementBasementBasement
°HGuidebooksDrum 2 Up
HAstronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, PhysicsSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
°I-°K Off-site  
INatural HistorySub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
NUseful Arts (Agriculture, Cookery, GardeningSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
°PBound PeriodicalsSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
PConstructive Arts (Building, Engineering)Sub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
QHandicrafts, ManufacturesSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
RMilitary ArtsDrum 2 UpDrum 3 UpDrum 3 Up
°R Off-site  
SSports, Games, AmusementsSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
TTheater, MusicSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
UArt, ArchitectureSub-basementSub-basementSub-basement
VLiteratureDrum 2 DownDrum 1Drum 1
:V Off-site  
VELiteratureDrum 2 Down and Drum 1 UpDrum 1Drum 1
VEA, VED, VEPLiteratureDrum 1 UpDrum 1Drum 1
VEFFictionSecond Floor and Drum 2  
:VEF Off-site  
VF-VFDFrench Literature, Drama, PoetryDrum 1 and Drum 1 UpDrum 1Drum 1
VGGerman Lit., Drama, PoetryDrum 1Drum 1Drum 1
VHSpanish, LiteratureDrum 1Drum 1Drum 1
VIItalian LiteratureDrum 1Drum 1Drum 1
VJClassicsDrum 1Drum 1 DownDrum 1 Down
VM-VWOther LiteratureDrum 1Drum 1Drum 1
VO-VPClassicsDrum 1 and Drum 1 DownDrum 1 DownDrum 1 Down
XBibliography, WritingDrum 1 DownBasementBasement
:XBibliographyDrum 1 DownBasementBasement
WNative American LiteratureDrum 1 Down  
YLanguage- E. HemisphereDrum 1 DownDrum 1 DownDrum 1 Down
:Y Off-site  
:ZLanguage- W. HemisphereDrum 1 Down