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Library & Information Science: Books & Call Numbers

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Call Numbers for LIS

Much of Library Science collection can be found within the LC call number range of "Z" and "ZA."  For more specific LC call numbers, search the Library of Congress Classification Outline, or the Library of Congress Authorities.  Here are the very basics:

Subclass Z

Z4-115.5 Books (General). Writing. Paleography
    Z4-8 History of books and bookmaking
    Z40-104.5 Writing
Z105-115.5 Manuscripts. Paleography
Z116-659 Book industries and trade
Z116.A2 Treatises on the modern printed book
    Z116.A3 Book design
    Z116.A5-265.5 Printing
    Z266-276 Bookbinding. Book decoration
    Z278-549 Bookselling and publishing
    Z551-656 Copyright
    Z657-659 Freedom of the press. Censorship
Z662-1000.5 Libraries
    Z662-664 Collections
    Z665-718.8 Library science. Information science
    Z719-723 Libraries (General)
    Z729-875 Library reports. History. Statistics
    Z881-977 Library catalogs and bulletins
    Z987-996.3 Book collecting
    Z997-997.2 Private libraries
    Z999-1000.5 Booksellers' catalogs
Z1001-1121 General bibliography
Z1201-4980 National bibliography
Z5051-7999 Subject bibliography.
Z8001-8999 Personal bibliography.
Subclass ZA 
ZA3038-5190 Information resources (General)
    ZA3150-3159 Information services & center
    ZA3201-3250 Information superhighway
    ZA4050-4775 Information in specific formats/media
         ZA4050-4480 Electronic information resources
         ZA4150-4380 Computer network resources
         ZA4450-4460 Databases
         ZA4550-4575 Motion pictures. Video recordings
         ZA4650-4675 Pictures. Photographs
         ZA4750-4775 Sound recordings
    ZA5049-5190 Government information

Books with these call numbers are located on 1 West. To reach 1 West enter the West stacks from the collonade on the 1st floor of Ellis. Map of West Stacks entrance


  • MERLIN: Books/physical materials at the University of Missouri
    Use the Merlin catalog to locate books and journals in MU Libraries and at other University of Missouri Libraries. Materials can be requested online from other UM Libraries.
  • MOBIUS: Books from other Missouri academic and public libraries
    Search most of the academic libraries in the state of Missouri. Materials can be requested online and delivered to MU Libraries, or directly to distance learning students.
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    Search the holding of libraries throughout the United States for books, videos, scores, and manuscripts. Materials which are not owned by Mobius (Missouri) libraries, can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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