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The State University of New York at FredoniaReed Library

English Literature: Library of Congress (LC) Call Numbers

About the Library of Congress Classification System

SUNY Fredonia uses the Library of Congress Classification System (LCC) to assign call numbers to most print materials--books, periodicals, and music scores.

The Library of Congress Classification System is divided into large subject areas which are called "classes." All classes--and subclasses--begin with one, two, or three letters followed by a number which represents more specific aspects of a subject.

This page shows you how to read a call number and lists call number ranges for English literature materials.

Locating Books in Reed Library

Books on English, American, and Canadian literature have call numbers starting with PR 1 and ending with PS 8599:

LC Call Numbers Description
PR1 → 56 English Literary History & Criticism
PR161 → 488 English Literature by Period
PR500 → 614 English Poetry
PR750 → 890 English Prose
PR1098 → 1369 Collections of English Literature
PR1490 → 9680 English Literary Periods (Anglo-Saxon through 21st Century)
PS1 → 3626 American Literature
PS301 → 326 American Poetry
PS360 → 380 American Prose
PS501 → 689 Collections of American Literature
PS700 → 3576 Individual Authors
PS8001 → 8599 Canadian Literature

These books are located on the third floor of the Carnahan-Jackson Center.

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