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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cataloging Services: LC Classification

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LC Classification at Illinois

The University of Illinois Library has historically used Dewey Decimal classification for the majority of the library's collection, and it currently works in both Dewey and LC (see the list of Collections by Classification).

This guide presents an overview of using LC Classification at Illinois and any local policy decisions made regarding implementation of LC Classification.

LCC Procedure

When classifying a book in LC:

  1. Use any suggested number from 050, verifying against the LC schedules
    • If there is more than one suggested LC number, prefer the number in 050 00.
    • If no 050, ask a knowledgeable team member or your supervisor..
  2. If there is no suggested number, construct one using the first subject heading in the record.
  3. Check call number in Alma for uniqueness using the Search feature.

LC Cutters

When creating Cutter numbers for LC Classification, use the table from the Cataloging and Shelflisting Manual: G63 (below).

You can also use the Cataloging Calculator to determine Cutter numbers. Simply enter the first words of the main entry in the search box and select the LC Cutter option.

1. After initial vowel

for the second letter:

use number:

b

2

d

3

l-m

4

n

5

p

6

r

7

s-t

8

u-y

9

2. After initial letter S

for the second letter:

use number:

a

2

ch

3

e

4

h-i

5

m-p

6

t

7

u

8

w-z

9

3. After initial letters Qu

for the second letter:

use number:

a

3

e

4

i

5

o

6

r

7

t

8

y

9

 
For initial letters Qa-Qt, use 2-29
4. After other initial consonants

for the second letter:

use number:

a

3

e

4

i

5

o

6

r

7

u

8

y

9

 
5. For expansion

for the second letter:

use number:

a-d

3

e-h

4

i-l

5

m-o

6

p-s

7

t-v

8

w-z

9

 

Collections using LCC

The following table presents the which collections are currently using LC Classification at the University of Illinois Library.

Library Classification
Carle Illinois College of Medicine

LC Classification for materials received before March 11, 2019.

All materials received after March 11, 2019 should be classified in DDC.

Communications LC Classification for incoming material, beginning August 1, 2018
History, Philosophy, and Newspaper LC Classification
International & Area Studies

LC Classification for:

  • All area studies except Slavic-language materials
  • IAS New Books Shelf
  • All English-language materials

DDC for:

  • Slavic language materials
Law LC Classification
Literatures and Languages LC Classification; DDC for non-circulating
Main Stacks (CAS) - Asian LC Classification
Main Stacks (CAS) - all new literature (except Slavic)  LC Classification
Main Stacks (CAS) - LABO LC Classification
Map

LC for maps

LC for all incoming material beginning Sept. 18, 2018

Existing collection is being re-classed from DDC to LC

Music and Performing Arts LC Classification
Scholarly Commons (see exceptions to item records) LC Classification
Social Sciences, Health, and Education

LC Classification for new & re-classed materials
DDC if:

  • added copy where previous copy is already in Dewey
  • added volumes (of serials or sets) where previous vols are already in Dewey

Special classifications for S-Collection and Curriculum Collection

Undergraduate LC Classification; DDC for periodicals

 
Scholarly Commons Cataloging Exceptions:

Item records

  • Item type is non-circulating (BOOK NOCIRC)
  • Remove the “In-process” item status