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Geography: Locating Books

Research Resources for Geography

Black Geographies

Feminist Geographies

Latinx Geographies

Queer Geographies

Check Your Knowledge: Reading Call Numbers

What is a call number? 

Call numbers are the group of numbers usually located on the spine of a book that serve as the "address" of the book. Each book in our library has a distinctive call number. Mount Holyoke uses the Library of Congress Classification system, which is different from the Dewey Decimal Classification that is used in public and K-12 libraries. 

Example of call number order:

N66 .B634 1999
NA 9 .A34 2005
NA 20 .G4 2001
NA 100.G411.2001
NA 100 .G47 2008

How to read call number: N66 .B634 1999

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

Where Are The Geography Books?

To browse the stacks for geography books, go to the Library shelves with these Library of Congress classifications:

  • G-GB (geography)
  • GC (oceanography)
  • GE (environment)
  • GF (human ecology)
  • QE (geology)
  • TD (environmental pollution and technology)

To find books on a particular topic, by a specific author or title, search the Library Catalog.

MHC Book Locations


Levels 1-7 Williston

Level 1 -  D

Level 2 - E-HD 

Level 2 ½ - X-Folio (extra large)

Level 3 - HE-JZ

Level 4 - JK-NX, Reference

Level 5 - P-PQ3999

Level 6 - PQ 4000- PS 3499

Level 7 - PS 2500- PT

Levels 1-7 Miles-Smith

Level 1 - Cutter

Level 2- A-C

Level 4 - Information Commons, MEWS

Level 6 - Q - S

Level 7- PZ, T-Z

Stevens Music and Dance Library: Pratt Hall

Music (M)





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