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Starting at 000: Meet Dewey Decimal!

Post Date:10/10/2018 4:03 PM

Have you ever wondered what those little numbers on the spines of books stand for? They’re a handy way to organize books in the library, which helps us find just what you’re looking for! The system is called the Dewey Decimal Classification, named for Melvil Dewey who first published it in 1876. Over the years it has been revised and expanded 23 times to reflect society’s changes. So, how does it work? The Dewey Decimal System uses 10 major classes, each further broken into 10 subdivisions. This way, books on the same topic are located in the same section. 

We're taking you on a tour of the Dewey Decimal System from now through the end of the year. This week, we’re pleased to introduce you to class 000 -- Computer Science, Information, and General Works.

Here you’ll find perennial favorites like the Guinness World Records, useful manuals on coding, and works about journalism. For some strange reason, cryptids and aliens also call this class their home. You’ll find books about books right up front--it was designed by a librarian after all--and encyclopedias, too.

Browse some recent favorites from this class:

We’re also taking a tour through #100DaysofDewey over on Instagram.