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Explains Library classification systems and how to use a call number to find a book on the shelf.
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Special Collections and Other Locations

There are multiple collections within the building that have their own codes to indicate they are shelved separately from the regular A-Z circulating collection. For example, you might see the abbreviation "q", "ref" or "juv" at the beginning of the call number listed in OneSearch.

  • q = oversized item. Located on 2nd Floor in Folios & Quartos.
  • ref = Reference. Located on 2nd floor in Reference section. Library use only.
  • juv = Juvenile. Located on 2nd Floor in the Juvenile (children's) Collection.

If you want to search for items items within a special collection:

  • Enter keywords in OneSearch, such as Japanese American memoirs.
  • In the left column, scroll down to Library Collections and choose the relevant collection.
  • For this search, I would choose, Japanese American Archival Collection.

SPECIAL LOCATIONS (other than A-Z circulating collection)

Collection & Floor Location

Atlases - 2 NORTH

Archives - 1 SOUTH

Archives Special Collection - 1 SOUTH



California Documents - 2 NORTH

  • Local
  • Regional
  • State

Canadian Documents - 2 NORTH

Curriculum Collection - 2 SOUTH 

  • Guides
  • Nonprint
  • Texts                              

Government Documents - 2 NORTH 

  • U.S. Federal (paper)                 2 NORTH
  • Government Documents Card      2 SOUTH
  • Government Docs Computer        2 SOUTH
    Government Documents Fiche      2 NORTH


Folios - 2 NORTH

Indexes (print) - 2 NORTH and LOWER LEVEL

Juvenile - 2 SOUTH

  • Easy Reading Books
  • Picture Books 
  • Fiction & Non-Fiction              
  • Juvenile Reference                      

Library Media Center - 1 SOUTH

Map Collection - 2 NORTH

  • Drawer Maps                             
  • File Maps 
  • Wall Maps

Microcard - 2 SOUTH

Microfiche including periodicals - LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Microfilm including periodicals - LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Newsprint Periodical Collection - 3 SOUTH

Periodicals 1980-Current - 3 SOUTH

  • Current (loose issues)
  • Bound (volumes of issues)                                              

Periodicals pre-1980 - LOWER LEVEL

Quarto - 2 NORTH

Reference Collection - 2 NORTH

Reference Desk Collection - 2 NORTH

Special Collections & Univ. Archives - 1 SOUTH 

  • Spec Coll& Univ Arch Oversize
  • Spec Coll & Univ Archives Reference 

Tsakopoulos Collection - 3 NORTH

  • Tsakopoulos Juvenile 
  • Tsakopoulos Periodicals 
  • Tsakopoulos Reference ANY 2-D

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