It is very important to shelve books correctly. Some important things to remember:
- The spine of the book should always be facing out so that the call number is visible and readable.
- Occasionally, a book is too tall to fit on the shelf properly. In this case, the spine should face up and out towards the reader.
- Shelf markers help to hold a book's place when the book is removed to look at. After looking at the book, it is then placed back where the shelf marker is holding it's place. It is than properly shelved for the next patron.
- Call numbers for non-fiction books begin with numbers, followed by the first 3 letters of the author's last name. For example: Did you Know? Science by Emily Dodd- 500 DOD
- Decimals are used to further refine the location of non-fiction. In this cse they should be shelved as follows:
- Fiction books have call numbers that contain letters, using the first 3 letters of an author's last name. For example: The Giver by Lois Lowry- FIC LOW
- There are two sections for Everybody books-picture books and non-fiction. The call numbers for both of Everybody books are the same as ficion and non-fiction, except they will both start with E.
- Beginning Chapter books have call numbers like Fiction, however, they begin with BC.
- Graphic Novels have call numbers like non-fiction, but they start wit GN and are located in their own section. There is an Everybody Graphic novel section for younger readers and a regular Graphic novel section for older readers. This is based on content.
- Young Adult books may be fiction or non-fiction and are organized as such, and they begin with YA.
- Spanish books may be Everybody picture books, Non-Fiction, Fiction or Beginning Chapter books and begin with SP