Items in the reading rooms and closed stacks are arranged using a systematic classification scheme – each item has its own prescribed place. The shelf mark is the 'address' of the item, consisting of a combination of letters and numbers. The shelf mark is affixed to the book or other media.
Anatomy of a shelf mark:
The shelf mark consists of the location code, the notation according to the Regensburg classification scheme and an individual code for the author's name or beginning of the title, the volume and/or edition number (if applicable) and the number of copies.
|Location code||Notation indicating the subject: German Studies, modern period, 1946-1990||Sub-classification: secondary sources on Elias Canetti||Coded version of the author's name: Curtis|