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Chickasaw Nation Law Library at Oklahoma City University School of Law: Finding Books on the Shelf

Shelving Locations

Most library materials can be found on the 1st and 2nd floors. An item's location is listed in its catalog record.

Here are the most common shelving locations:

  • General Collection - Shelved on the north side of the 2nd floor in compact shelving. 
  • Oklahoma - Shelved on the south side of the 2nd floor.
  • Native American - Shelved on the south side of the 2nd floor.
  • Reference - Shelved near the circulation desk.
  • Reserve - Shelved behind the circulation desk.
  • Study Aids - Shelved near the circulation desk.
  • DVDs - Shelved north of the cafe on the 1st floor.
  • Popular Reading - Shelved north of the cafe on the 1st floor.
  • Microform - Shelved along the north wall of the 1st floor.

 

Compact Shelving

The General Collection is shelved in 6 sets of compact shelving on the north side of the 2nd floor. These shelves are set in tracks and can be moved to access the collection.

Before moving the compact shelving, check to be sure that no one is using the open aisle. Also check for stools or kick-steps that are used to reach items shelved on high shelves. Each unit can be locked by pushing in the center knob and unlocked by pulling out the center knob.

If you need assistance moving compact shelving, please visit the circulation desk.

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Most library materials are shelved in call number order. The Law Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize materials by subject. This system is alphanumeric.

The first line of an LC call number always contains one, two, or three letters. Consider the first line first and search the shelf alphabetically:

A B BS H HN K KF

 

Next, consider the second line of the call number and search the shelf in strict numeric order:

K
6

K
61
K
61.5
K
64
K
649
K
649.85

 

The third line is alphanumeric and begins with a decimal point. Items in call number order are shelved alphabetically and then numerically (including the decimal point).

KF
64
.D49
KF
64
.D5
KF
64
.D51
KF
64
.D52
KF
64
.D6
KF
64
.E2

 

The fourth or fifth lines can be either another alphanumeric line:

KF
64
.D34
C46
KF
64
.D34
C464
KF
64
.D34
C47

Or a publication year:

KF
64
.D34
1999
KF
64
.D34
2004
KF
34
.D34
2010

 

Can't find an item?

If you can't locate an item on the shelf, please visit the circulation desk. We will search for the item. If our copy is missing or charged to another patron, law students and faculty may request the item through interlibrary loan. Librarians or library staff can help attorneys and alumni find the item in other nearby libraries.

Mobile Catalog

Click the link below to search the Law Library Catalog with your iPhone or other web enabled handheld device. The search is optimized for viewing on smaller screens.

800 N. Harvey Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.208.5271