FindIt! Frequently Asked Questions


Why did you make this change?
The Library wanted to make it easier for patrons to find materials so that you’d check out more items! We wanted to make browsing and finding materials simpler and more intuitive.

Without a decimal number, how will I know where to find my item?
There will be clear signs indicating where different sections of materials are, and books will now be labeled with words rather than numbers. You’ll find a broad category, such as “Art,” followed by a more specific category, such as “Drawing.” Within those subsections, books can be found alphabetically by title. Like before, if you’re looking for a very specific title or subject, you can always search the library catalog or ask a librarian for assistance.

If you don’t teach children how to use Dewey, how will they get by in college?
Many colleges and universities use the Library of Congress classification system rather than the Dewey Decimal System, and most adults don’t have the Dewey Decimal System memorized. More important than learning a specific classification system is learning about how organizational systems, categories and hierarchies work. We want children to learn how to find what you’re looking for, whatever the context, by applying problem solving skills. We’ll be able to continue teaching kids these skills no matter what classification scheme we use, and we want to create an environment in the library that encourages kids to be independent, curious readers.


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