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About Classification and Call Number

Classification of TUFS Library collections

The Shin-Bunrui collection and Kyû-Bunrui collection, which the large part of the TUFS Library's holding consist of, are organized by language and subject. Call Number is assigned to a book according to its language and subject, and the number is attached to the spine of the book as a book label. Books on each floor are shelved in the order of their Call Numbers.

Rare Books, Privately Donated Collections and other collections are classified by their own unique organizational systems.

For an outline of the TUFS Library collections, please see Here. For a guide on reading Call Numbers (book label), please see the next column.

How to read Call Numbers (book label)
Shin-Bunrui collection
Kyû-Bunrui collectionont
Rare Books
Privately Donated Collection

These images are examples of the Call Number labels attached to the spines of library books. A Call Number consists of four parts which describe the features of the book. Look at the "Shin-Bunrui collection" label, for example, and read the following explanation. (For the classifying method of other collections, please see each catalogue.)

●First line of the label
The letter stands for the language classification code of the Shin-Bunrui and Kyû-Bunrui collections. The language code is assigned by the text language or the subject language of the book. For each letter refers to the language, please see the language classification table. (Shin-Bunrui/Kyû-Bunrui)
As for Rare Books and Privately Donated Collections, the first line stands for the title of the collection.
●Second line of the label
The number stands for the subject classification of the book. The TUFS Library follows NDC (Nippon Decimal Classification) for the classification of subjects, and uses up to three digits. We have organized ourown NDC based unique classifying method for the classification of linguistics and literature that the large part of our library holdings consist of. Please see the Subject Classification Table (Shin-Bunrui/Kyû-Bunrui) for details.
●Third line of the label
The number stands for the number assigned to the book within the same subject classification. Thus, the materials are shelved by their subjects in chronological order.
A Japanese kana sign like "ア, イ, ..." indicates that the book is an added copy, and a lower case letter like "a, b, ...," indicates that the book is from a different edition (new edition, revised edition, etc.).
Please note that we have adopted registration numbers (accession number within the whole library collections: six digits) in 2001 instead of the accession number within the same subject classification. We have also stopped using added copy signs and edition signs. Those volumes are shelved at the rear of the same classification.
●Fourth line of the label
The number stands for the volume number or the issue year of a multi-volume book (series book, periodical book, etc.) A single volume book does not have this line.

The Shin-Bunrui label above thus describes that "the book is written in English (K), the subject is Economics, and it is the first volume of a multi-volume series book, which has been accessed as the 1062nd book. Please note that the third line of this label stands for the registration number which has been adopted since 2001.