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Dewey Decimal System

Dewey Decimal System

Finding books in the library means understanding the way they are put on the shelves.


Melville DeweyIn 1876, a librarian named Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) attempted to arrange all knowledge into ten very general categories which he then continued  divide into smaller and smaller topics. His plan was to find a way to put all books on the same subject together on the library shelves. This section will show you how to use the alphabet and counting to find books.      



Call Number | Understanding the Logic | Locating a Book


Credit: Eugene School District 4J, Eugene, OR, and OSLIS Revision Committee 2002, 2007