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Description of LRC Stack Maintenance processes


Welcome to the guidelines for stack maintenance.  These guidelines are the procedures for shelving and checking in books.  Please explore the guide and feel free to share your comments by email.

Basic Stack Maintenance Procedures

Stack maintenance is a general term for the work done in the stacks.  All of the work that takes place in the stacks is intended for the betterment of the library and the patrons. When the stacks are organized in an orderly fashion it allows patrons and librarians to easily find what they are searching for.

Basic Stack Maintenance Procedures

1.  Books that have been checked out are returned to the Circulation Department to be checked in.

2.  New Books that have been cataloged are brought to the Circulation Department from Acquisitions and Cataloging.

3. Books are arranged on a book truck in order by Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal classification number.  Books are shelved in their appropriate sections.

4.  Shelf-reading is one of the most important jobs in the library and must be done daily,  it keeps the stacks neat and organized.When the shelf becomes full, it is necessary to shift the books and create additional space.









User Privileges

The Access Services department is committed to supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the Drake LRC for students, faculty, staff, and community users.

Lending Privileges

1.  Student Privileges - Students enrolled in school may use their ID Card to check out books.  Undergraduates may check out books for a period of 1 month, and graduate students may check out books for a period of 3 months.

2. Faculty and Staff Privileges - Faculty members and staff may use their ID Card to check out books for a period of up to 6 months.

3. Community User Privileges - Community users may use library materials in house.  To check out books for a 1 month period, community users may purchase a library card for a fee of $50.00.  

Library of Congress Call Numbers

This is an explanation of how books with Library of Congress call numbers are sorted.  This gives a better understanding of Library of Congress shelving.

1.  The first line is always a letter line and is filed alphabetically.

2.  The second line is a whole number line and is filed numerically.

3.  Sometimes the second line has a decimal and continued on the same line or the third line.  Anytime you see a decimal point, always take each space separately.

4.  Other lines may include volume numbers, copy numbers, dates, or a combination.

5.  No dates come before a date.


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Library Classification Systems

Libraries in the United States generally use the Library of Congress classification system or the Dewey Decimal classification system to organize books for shelving.  The LRC is currently changing from the Dewey Decimal classification system to the Library of Congress classification system, so books may be found in the LRC classified by either system.

Dewey Decimal System in the LRC

On the east side, the Dewey Decimal books are 300-399, 546-595, 600-616

On the west side, the Dewey Decimal books are 150-155, 632-658, 809-899,901-949