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Find Books

A guide to finding books in print and online.

Library Catalog Search

Search the library catalog to find books and other materials located at PCC Library.


Call Number & Location

Once you have found items in the library catalog that you would like to view, you will need to write down the call number and the location. A library staff member can help you locate the items.

Example of a library catalog search result with labels

Call Number Examples

  • R 690 .S727 2012
  • F Dek
  • 641.76 Sto

Location Examples

  • General Collection
  • Bestsellers
  • Fiction
  • Reference
  • Children's Resources

If you only find one item, or you have clicked on the title of an item in the results list, the call number and location will be found near the bottom of the screen. If the item is checked in, you will see a note next to Item Info indicating how many copies are available.

Call number and location are indicated on a library catalog item record.

Browse by Subject Area

This is a very brief outline of how books are organized by subject using the Library of Congress Classification system.

A-AZ General Works - Encyclopedias, almanacs, general indexes

B-BX Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

  • BD Philosophy
  • BF Psychology
  • BL-BX Religion

C-CT Auxiliary Sciences of History

  • CC Archaeology
  • CS Genealogy
  • CT Biography

D-DX General and Old World History
Includes geography and descriptions of regions and countries

  • DA-DR Europe
  • DK Soviet Union
  • DS Asia
  • DT Africa

E-F History: Americas

  • E North American
  • F United States local history, Latin America

G-GV Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

  • G Geography, atlases
  • GE Environmental sciences
  • GN Anthropology
  • GR Folklore
  • GV Sports, dance, games

H-HX Social Sciences

  • H General social sciences
  • HA Statistics
  • HB Economics
  • HC Economic conditions
  • HD Industry, labor
  • HE Transportation, communication
  • HF Business, commerce
  • HG Finance
  • HM Sociology
  • HQ Family, marriage, aged, women, sexuality
  • HT Communities, cities, races
  • HV Criminology, drug abuse
  • HX Socialism, communism, anarchism, utopias

J Political Science

  • JF Constitutional history
  • JK United States
  • JS Local government
  • JX International law, world peace

K Law

  • KF United States law
  • KFN North Carolina law

L Education

M Music

N-NX Art

  • NA Architecture
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Drawing, design, illustration
  • ND Painting
  • NK Arts, crafts

P-PZ Language and Literature

  • P Philology, linguistics, communication
  • PE English dictionaries, thesauri
  • PN Drama, poetry, radio broadcasts, movies, television, journalism
  • PQ Romance literature
  • PR English literature
  • PS American literature
  • PZ Fiction in English

Q-QR Science

  • Q General science
  • QA Mathematics, computer science
  • QB Astronomy
  • QC Physics
  • QD Chemistry, biochemistry
  • QE Geology
  • QH Natural history
  • QK Botany
  • QM Human anatomy

R Medicine

  • RA Public aspects of medicine
  • RC Practice of medicine
  • RM Therapeutics, drugs
  • RT Nursing

S-SK Agriculture

  • SB Plant culture
  • SD Forestry
  • SK Hunting sports

T-TX Technology

  • TA Engineering
  • TL Motor vehicles, aeronautics
  • TR Photography
  • TX Home economics

U Military Science

V Naval Science

Z Bibliography, library science