After you have determined the location of the item, you need to understand how to read the call number.
The call number is the address of the material - the exact location of where it lives on the shelf.
The call number can be found after the location in the Search It record.
The call number you see in Search It will then be located on the corresponding book, but will be listed horizontally. HOL stands for "Holland" - begin your reading of the call number AFTER this abbreviation (so in the photo below, start with BF).
There are 3 types of call numbers you may run into while using the WSU Libraries that you should know how to read:
1. LC (Library of Congress) call numbers always start with one or two letters.
2. Dewey Decimal call numbers start with a number. These are usually older books.
3. SuDoc (government document) call numbers also start with a letter or two, but the location will tell you if it is a government document.
Holland/Terrell Libraries provide an interactive chart to make navigation easier.
Locate your call number in the ranges provided. Each colored bar will expand until you see stack numbers, which correspond to a number located at the end of each shelf in the library. Once you locate your call number, you can click on the stack number to see the exact location in the library.
NOTE: If you are looking for a reserves item, or a media item, you may go to the appropriate library circulation desk (or the Media Materials and Reserves room in Terrell library) and a staff person will retrieve the item for you. Be sure to write the call number down first - we need that to retrieve the item for you!