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Jul 31

Browsing the Stacks by Cody Rasmussen

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 12:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Looking down the aisle between mystery and junior book shelves

What’s the first thing one does when they visit a new library? They start walking around looking at the different shelves.

Each library usually has its own system that they use to organize their books. I have seen this done in a variety of ways, whether it was by subject material, by the author, or even just by the title of the books themselves. For me it can be both amusing at times, or just downright confusing. Our library has sometimes confused our patrons as well, but there are some easy steps to figuring out the EGF Campbell Library.

Guide to the Library:
  1. One of the first things you need to know about this library, is that the books are first separated by the subject. We have Mystery, Junior, Adult Fiction, and even Military History sections. The sections are clearly labeled on the sides of the shelves, so I’ve found that they can easily be located.

  2. Authors are spread out around the library, so that is one thing that can mess someone up. It’s happened to myself quite a few times. One author that is spread out would be James Patterson, whose books are located anywhere from Junior to Nonfiction. In those cases where the author has written in a variety of genres, the best option would be to either go to a librarian and ask for assistance; or to simply look at the card catalog that is available to the public.

  3. We also have our Nonfiction and Easy Nonfiction sections. These are done using the Dewey Decimal System, and many of you probably have some experience with it.

  4. The library staff is always willing to help browse around with you as well. We all have different interests so we are able to give recommendations to many that would like to read a particular subject.

The last advice I would have for browsing the library is simple, just walk around and look at the shelves. You have no idea how many times I would just walk around and stumble across a book that seems to call to me. Just glancing at the shelves is enough to start you on your next great series.

Hope you all will enjoy browsing the stacks!

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