FAQ: How do I find a particular author's book in the library?
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Books in academic libraries are organized by Library of Congress call numbers offering a complex in-house navigation system. A combination of letters and numbers on the spine, each call number is unique to a book title, providing the exact location of a book in the library with similar books in close proximity.
Example: Browse the shelves of a physical library to find works by Joyce Carol Oates at call number PS 3565 A8. Follow the signs marked outside the stacks to find the call numbers, once you know it from QuickSearch.
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