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English 101 Lin Enger: Installment Two

Finding a Book

Fiction/novels are located on the 4th floor of the library (although some may be in the Curriculum Materials Center - 2nd floor).  To locate a book,search the library catalog via Dragon OneSearch, on the Library Web Site at


In Advanced Search, change the search to an Author search and type in your author's name. In the second blank, change the search to a title search and put in the title of your novel.


If we do not have the novel you are searching for, try expanded your search to "All MnPALS Libraries."  Interlibrary Loan is free, easy, and quick, and you could have your book delivered within a few days.

Reading the call number

Livingston Lord Library, like many academic libraries in the United States, uses the Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.

Read call numbers line by line:





Read the first line in alphabetical order:

A, B, BF, C, D ... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML ...


Read the second line as a whole number:

1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430 …


The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers.

Read the letter alphabetically

Read the number as a decimal, for example .M3 = .3

(Some call number have more than one combination letter-number line.)


This is the year the book was published.

Chronological order:  1985, 1987, 1991, 1992 . . .