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What Are Call Numbers?

Call numbers explained

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Finding Classics Books

Classics books are shelved in many parts of the Library, according to subject. We use the Library of Congress classification system for arrangement. Every item in the Library has a call number, which can be found by using the Library Catalogue.

Books and Ebooks via MultiSearch


  • Since 2024 the Library Catalogue has only included books and ebooks purchased by UC Library. It omits hundreds of thousands of ebook titles ‘leased’ through library subscriptions.


Library Catalogue

  • Use Keywords or Title searches to find additional material
    • Note that the Library Catalogue does not use abbreviated book titles. If your reading list uses abbreviations such as CAH, you will need to type Cambridge Ancient History in full
  • Use the Browse Alphabetically: By Author search (e.g., Herodotus) to find primary sources
  • Click a Subject within the record of a useful title to find books on related subjects
  • Click Browse Alphabetically: By Call Number search to ‘browse’ the shelves virtually (e.g., PA 6800 for Virgil).

See also:

Citation Chaining

  • Identify additional relevant books

Classification sequences for Classics

  • Identify the relevant areas in the Library to browse

The Loeb Classical Library – this book series provides the Greek or Latin text with a parallel English translation for most authors of the Classical period. They are shelved on the 6th floor of the Central Library, most at PA 3612 (Greek) or PA 6156 (Latin).  In the Library Catalogue, you can browse the whole series by author , or search for an individual title using Advanced Search (choose Keywords or Author and Series loeb).

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Library of Congress Classifications for Classics

Browse the Library shelves physically or online using the “Call number (LC)” search option in the Library Catalogue.

Art and Architecture  |  Economics and Commerce  |  Greek History

Greek Language and Literature  Greek Mythology, Religion  |  Latin Language and Literature

Law   |  Military and Naval Affairs Philosophy  |  Politics 

Roman History  |  Roman Law  |  Roman Mythology, Religion

Sexuality and Gender  |  Society and Women  |  Sport and Leisure  |  Theatre

Art and Architecture – Central Library, Level 6

ML 162–169 Ancient Music
N 5320–5899 Ancient Art. Artistic Archaeology
N 5350–5351    Egypt
N 5630–5720    Greece
N 5740–5790    Rome
N 7760–7763 Ancient Mythology in Art
NA 260–340 Classical Architecture
NA 3760–3770 Ancient Mosaics
NB 85–169 Classical Sculpture
ND 100–127 Classical Painting
NK 610–685 Decorative Arts in the Ancient World
NK 1180–1250 Decorative and Ornament; Design, in the Ancient World
NK 3800–3855 Ancient Ceramics, Pottery
NK 4645–4653 Greek Vases and Their Decorations
NX 448.5 History of Classical Arts
T 16 Ancient Technology – EPS Library, Level 3
TA 16 Ancient Engineering – EPS Library, Level 3

Economics and Commerce – Central Library, Level 9

CJ 301–763 Ancient Greek Coins – Central Library, Level 11
CJ 801–1147 Roman Coins – Central Library, Level 11
DG 28–29 Roman Roads in Italy – Central Library, Level 10
HC 37 Greece. Economic History
HC 39 Rome. Economic History
HD 132–139 Land Use in Ancient Greece and Rome
HD 4844 Labour and Work in the Ancient World
HE 159–175 Transport and Communication in the Ancient World – EPS Library, Level 1
HF 357 Commerce in the Ancient World–General
HF 373–376 Greece. Commerce
HF 377–378 Rome. Commerce
HG 237 Money – History, Ancient
HJ 212–225 Public Finance in the Ancient world

Greek Language and Literature – Central Library, Level 6

CN 350–455 Greek Inscriptions and Epigraphy – Central Library, Level 11
PA 1–199 Classical Philology in General
PA 201–899 Greek Philology and Language
PA 3050–4505 Greek Literature
PA 3051–3285    Literary History
PA 3300–3516    Collections
PA 3520–3564    Criticism, Interpretation, etc.
PA 3601–3681    Translations
PA 3612       Loeb Classical Library: Individual Authors
          (in alphabetical order)
PA 3818–4505    Individual Authors (in alphabetical order)
PA 3825–3849       Aeschylus
PA 3851–3858       Aesop
PA 3875–3879       Aristophanes
PA 3890–3926       Aristotle
PA 3949–3964       Demosthenes
PA 3973–3992       Euripides
PA 4018–4209       Homer
PA 4279–4333       Plato
PA 4367–4389       Plutarch
PA 4413–4434       Sophocles
PA 4452–4486       Thucydides
PA 4494–4499       Xenophon

Greek Mythology, Religion – Central Library, Level 11

CE 42 Greek Calendar
BL 700–820 Classical (Etruscan, Greek, Roman) mythology and religion
BL 780–795 Greek
BL 780–783    General works
BL 785    General special
BL 788    Ritual
BL 793    Local, A–Z
BL 795    Special topics, A–Z
BL 820 Special deities and characters of Classical mythology, A–Z
DF 121–129 Religious antiquites of Greece – Central Library, Level 10

Latin Language and Literature

Central Library, Level 11  
CN 510–730 Latin Inscriptions and Epigraphy
Central Library, Level 6  
PA 1–199 Classical Philology in General
PA 2001–2915 Latin Philology and Language
PA 6001–6971 Latin Literature
PA 6001–6097    Literary History
PA 6100–6140    Collections
PA 6141–6144    Criticism, Interpretation, etc.
PA 6155–6191    Translations
PA 6156       Loeb Classical Library: Individual Authors
          (in alphabetical order) 
PA 6202–6971    Individual Authors (in alphabetical order)
PA 6235–6269       Caesar, Julius
PA 6278–6370       Cicero
PA 6393–6444       Horace
Central Library, Level 4  
PA 6482–6496       Lucretius
PA 6501–6510       Martial
PA 6519–6553       Ovid
PA 6568–6609       Plautus
PA 6611–6637       Pliny, the Elder
PA 6638–6640       Pliny, the Younger
PA 6661–6693       Seneca
PA 6705–6753       Tacitus
PA 6755–6785       Terence
PA 6801–6961       Virgil

Law – Central Library, Level 8

HV 8508–8526 Criminal Justice Administration in the Ancient world
HV 8523    Greece  
HV 8526    Rome 
KE 40 Greek Law
KE 100 Roman Law

Military and Naval Affairs – Central Library, Level 4

Philosophy – Central Library, Level 11

B 108–118 General history of Ancient philosophy (non-Eastern)
B 165–626 Greek and Graeco-Roman philosophy
B 168–175    General works
B 187    Special topics, A–Z
B 187.5 Pre-Socratic philosophers
B 188–491 By Period
B 188–258    First period
B 265–320    Second period
B 310–318    Socrates
B 335–491    Third period
B 350–398    Plato
B 400–491    Aristotle
B 504–623 Graeco-Roman philosophy
B 508    Cynicism
B 512    Epicureanism
B 517    Neo-Platonism
B 525    Scepticism (Pyrrhonism)
B 528    Stoicism
B 535–626    Individual philosophers (in alphabetical order)
B 630–708 Alexandrian and early Christian philosophy
BC 28–32 Logic (Greek and Roman)
BJ 160–224 Ethics (Greek and Roman)

Roman History – Central Library, Level 10

Roman Law – Central Library, Level 8

Roman Mythology, Religion – Central Library, Level 11

CE 46 Roman Calendar
BL 700–820 Classical (Etruscan, Greek, Roman) mythology and religion
BL 740–760 Etruscan
BL 798–820 Roman
BL 800–803    General works
BL 805    General special
BL 810    Addresses, essays, lectures
BL 813    Local, A–Z
BL 815    Special topics, A–Z
BL 820 Special deities and characters of Classical mythology, A–Z
DG 121–135 Religious antiquites of Rome – Central Library, Level 10

Sexuality and Gender – Central Library, Level 8

HQ 13 Sexual life and customs of the Ancient world
HQ 76.2 .G8   Gay men in Greece
HQ 76.2 .R6   Gay men in Rome
HQ 76.3 .G8   Homosexuality in Greece
HQ 76.3 .R65   Homosexuality in Rome
HQ 113 Prostitution, Courtesans in the Ancient world
HQ 1127–1139     Women in the Ancient world
HQ 1134    Greece
HQ 1136    Rome

Sport and Leisure

DF 78 Ancient Greece: Culture, Special aspects (including social life, daily life, leisure)Central Library, Level 10
DG 78 Rome: Culture, Special aspects (including social life, daily life, leisure)Central Library, Level 10
GV 17–38 Recreation and leisure in the Ancient worldCentral Library, Level 9
GV 21–24    Greek
GV 23       Olympic games (Ancient)
GV 31–35    Roman
GV 213 Physical education and training in the Ancient worldCentral Library, Level 9
GV 573 Sports in the Ancient worldCentral Library, Level 9
GV 1607–1613 Dance in the Ancient world – Central Library, Level 9

Theatre – Central Library, Level 6

PA 3131–3238 Greek literary history: Drama
PA 3520–3564 Greek literature: Criticism, interpretation, etc.
PA 3545–3553 Greek drama–Textual criticism 
PA 3825–3849 Aeschylus
PA 3973–3992 Euripides
PA 4413–4434 Sophocles
PA 6067–6075 Roman literary history: Drama
PA 6141–6144 Roman literature: Criticism, interpretation, etc.
PA 6143 Roman drama–Textual criticism
PA 6568–6609 PlautusCentral Library, Level 4
PA 6664, PA 6685–6686 Seneca: Tragedies – Central Library, Level 4
PA 6755–6785 Terence – Central Library, Level 4

Call Numbers Explained

Find a Book on the Shelf

To find a book on the Library shelves you will need to know its call number. Call numbers are printed on the spine of the book and are also listed in the Library Catalogue. They tell you where the book is located in the library.

The University of Canterbury library, like most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classification system. In this system, the call numbers start with letters of the alphabet.

  • The first letter refers to the subject area, e.g. Q – Science
  • Sometimes another letter is added to refer to a more specific aspect of the subject, e.g. QD – Chemistry

Reading Call Numbers: Library of Congress Classification System

Read the call number line by line:

  • Read the first line in alphabetical order.
  • The first set of numbers that follow are read as whole numbers and are arranged numerically on the shelves.


This diagram explains how Library of Congress call numbers work on the library shelves:


Call Numbers

(This image was produced by librarians at the University of Maryland Libraries (User Education Services), College Park, MD.)

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