Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Your Call Number System

I’ve added a feature so members and small libraries can record your own primary call-number system–the one that you actually use, if you use one.


You can then add a new field, “Call number” to your display styles:


You do this here, at Settings > Other settings.

Why do this? Well, a few reasons.

  1. Your styles can include a “Call number” field, which visitors will find easier to understand.
  2. If you set it to Library of Congress (LCC) or Dewey (DDC/MDS), then you can change the “Call number” column and it will change your LCC or DDC.
  3. If you set it to “Personal or custom system” you can add, edit and show your own private call numbers, without bothering to edit another system.
  4. If you set it to one of the many others (Bliss, Cutter Expansive, etc.) you can add your own numbers, and at some point in the future we may be able to improve on that with additional data from library records. If not data, we can at least code the rules for sorting other classifications.

Here are the options. Feel free to suggest others. Note that nothing has been taken away here. You can continue to use DDC, LCC and now a new private call-number system without obstacles.


Come talk about this on Talk.

Labels: new feature, new features, small libraries, Uncategorized


  1. L Quilter says:

    The link to “talk” is actually a link to this blog post …. The actual link to TALK is this:

  2. Benny says:

    Really stupid question:
    How is this different than the LC columns and Dewey Decimal columns available in Your library for organizing books?
    I’m confused.

  3. Charles Campbell says:

    You might consider adding the Weine Classification Scheme and Relative Index for Judaica Libraries by the Association of Jewish Libraries to the list of classification systems.

  4. Good morning,

    I have some small concerns to share:

    1/We have 2 copies of a title that we will use for circulation. Should we record them separately with different barcode numbers or under the same title making sure to write the number of copies.

    2/ Does LibraryThing generate weekly, monthly or quarterly reports on library books.

    3/Do you have some library items on sale ? If yes, please send me the prices list.

    Many thanks.


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