Basic Library Terms
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a collection of books, magazines, databases, or other materials that students or other patrons can read for information or enjoyment
Books that are not fiction also known as informational texts. The content of the book is assumed to be factual.
novels or chapter books or books that are not factual
spine of the book
The spine of a book is the part of the book that holds the pages together. It is also the part of the book that faces out on a shelf.
A call number is the address of the book in the library. It is usually placed on the bottom of the spine. It may contain a number of a group of letters. For example 900 ABC or FIC MEY.
The library barcode identifies each individual book.
The day the book needs to be returned to the library.
The amount you need to pay the library for not returning the book on time.
fine vs fee
A fee is what we all pay to use the library. A fine is what you have to pay when you don't get the book back on time. Remember "To avoid the fine, get the book back on time!"
F or FIC or Fic
Indicates on the call number that the book is a fiction book.
100 - 199
philosophy and psychology
arts and recreation
history and geography
Dewey Decimal Classification
How most school libraries are arranged.
The inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification.
card catalog (OPAC Online Public Access Catalog)
A searchable database of library books. Books are listed by author, title, subject.
magazines or materials that are periodically sent to the library.
Electronic books that can be accessed via the internet.
The shelves where the books are located.
A request to extend the amount of time the book can be checked out with out a penalty such as an overdue fine.
The person who helps patrons in the library.
a person who uses the library.
Books that are generally not checked out of the library such as, encyclopedias, atlases, and other such books.