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Cataloging Your Books

The University of Illinois Library does not have publicly available online resources for cataloging. However, members of the public needing call numbers for individual titles, and without access to more specialized cataloging materials, may find the below resources useful. Those needing a description of the resources necessary to create full catalog records beyond creation of call numbers should review the ALA Library's Fact Sheet "How to Acquire Cataloging Tools."

Members of the public who live near the University may consult some print cataloging resources in person at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's non-circulating reference collection. These resources include class schedules for Dewey and Library of Congress classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and some other more specialized classification schemes or subject headings lists. As of 2013, the Library of Congress also makes its Subject Headings manual and Classification Schedules available freely online, under "Products Available for Download" at their website.

Understanding Call Numbers

Finding Class and Full Call Numbers for Individual Titles

Most questions about call numbers involve the initial class number used to place the book according to subject. You can use these resources to find class numbers for individual titles. However, rare items may not be found in any available tool.

Additional Resources

If you have not already done so, you might want to start your research at your local library, which may have cataloging guides or an interlibrary loan service you can use to obtain them. Useful texts include:

For more online cataloging resources, see our list of web resources.