Q. What does LOC mean?


LOC stands for Library of Congress Classification.

  • This is the system most college libraries use to arrange their books. 
  • Each call number will have letters and numbers.

For example, in the following call number, each letter and number stands for a smaller section of the library:

HV6430 .B55 B473 2017

  • First find the H section. This is the Social Sciences section.
  • Look for HV. This is the public welfare section.
  • Now find the HV 6000s. This is the criminology section. Each of the numbers gives more detail about the subject.
  • The author of this book is named Bergen, which gives us the 'B' in B55.
  • The book was published in 2017.

The Dewey Decimal Classification System is used primarily by public libraries.

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  • Last Updated Jun 24, 2019
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