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Finding EFL books using the LC classification scheme: Background to the reclassification project

A guide to finding English Faculty Library books classified using the Library of Congress classification scheme
Subjects: English

Useful links

For further information please see:

English Faculty Library website: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/english/collections/reclassification
Library of Congress classification scheme outline: http://www.loc.gov/aba/cataloging/classification/lcco  

EFL and the Library of Congress Classification Scheme

The Bodleian Libraries’ in-house classification schemes are being changed to one of the major schemes in use in academic libraries in the UK and US – the Library of Congress Classification scheme (LCC). This is in order to assist readers to find titles on related subjects in each of these libraries more easily, by using the same classification scheme.
 
The EFL began by classifying to LCC any new books purchased from January 2009 onwards. These are now in the LCC sequence on the shelves immediately after the journals on the main floor of the library. The only exception to this is Z (Bibliography) which is upstairs in the Gallery. A broad outline of the scheme is provided at the General Scheme Overview section of this guide.

All our books are fully searchable on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online), the Oxford Libraries' catalogue, by title, by author and by shelf mark, so if you know the shelf mark for a particular author or topic you can browse a list of books on your chosen subject. At present about 40% of the EFL's collections are classified to LCC, but this number will grow as we gradually reclassify the whole collection.