How to Shelve Books The Key to Library Success

We shelve books in order so that our patrons can find what they need.

We have 2 general types of books in our library: Fiction and Non Fiction. Fiction books (and biographies) are shelved along the outside edge of the library and Non-Fiction books are on the shorter shelves in the center.

Each type of book is shelved differently and it is important that we return the books to their correct location when shelving them so that students and teachers can find the books they need.

Fiction Books are Alphabetized by the Author's Last Name.

Fiction books have the letters FIC before the first 3 letters of the author's last name on the spine. Ignore the 'FIC'. Alphabetize the books using the author's last name. We have a category of books called Everybody (E), which is right after Fiction. You shelve it exactly the same, just ignore the 'E'. We also shelve Biographies (B) the same way, except they are alphabetical by the subject's last name - not the author.

Non Fiction Books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System.

Non Fiction books are classified by subject matter. The spine will have numbers from 001 - 996.999 and the first three letters of the author’s last name. Books go in numerical order from left to right. Arrange books first by the numbers to the left of the decimal, and then by any digits present after the decimal point.


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