Cornell University

Call Number and Location Guide

Cornell University Library uses the Library of Congress Call Number system. Each book is catalogued and given a call number based on several factors, including the subject matter and author. All books in the library are shelved by call number.
Call numbers are arranged from A to Z moving toward the east wall (back into the stacks). Periodicals are shelved by their call number in most cases. For a partial explanation of the meanings of call number designations, see:

N: Visual Arts NA: Architecture
NB: Sculpture NAC: Early Designation for City Planning
NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration HT: Communities (City Planning)
ND: Painting SB: Gardening, Landscape Architecture
NE: Print Media TH: Building Construction
NK: Decorative Arts TR: Photography
NX: Arts in General TT: Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts 

Flats, Oversize, Reference, and Reserve
Books which are designated as Flats, Oversize, Reference and Reserve are separated from the regular collection and housed in alternate locations. A search in the Cornell Library Catalog should note these locations as part of the call number. Maps are also posted in the library, or you can ask the Reference or Circulation Desk for directional assistance.

Other Library Resources:
If you would like to view a video or DVD, please ask at Circulation Desk. Videos can be viewed on site or borrowed for seven days.