Library of Congress Classification
Materials classified according to the Library of Congress system are shelved together regardless of their languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean). Materials acquired after 1987 are generally classified according to the Library of Congress system. In addition, some Western language materials on East Asia are also classified according to the Library of Congress system, but are shelved separately.
Here are examples of Library of Congress call numbers:
DS PL ND DS
705 2256 3400 501
.C5297 .S263 .S23P23 .T623
1990 1887 1988 1958
CJK CJKRef RR5EA CJKSpl
(1) 'CJK' at the end of a call
number means that the material is shelved in the stacks and may
(2) (2a) 'CJKRef' and 'RR5EA' are shelved in the East Asian Reading Room and do not circulate.
(3) 'CJKSpl' are shelved in the East Asian Rare Book Cage and do not circulate.
Please note that East Asian materials classified according to the Library of Congress system are shelved separately from non-East Asian library materials. For example, DS###.## and DS###.## CJK are both in the Regenstein 5th floor book stacks, but are shelved separately.
Most materials acquired before 1987 are classified according to the Harvard-Yenching system. Materials so classified are shelved by language in separate areas of the stacks.
Here are examples of the Harvard-Yenching classification system:
R X J RJ XJ
3002 4087 6533 9161.1 4577 6428
4114 2486 1238 5041 2368 1245
(1) (1a) ' ' and 'J' may circulate
and are shelved in the stacks.
(2) (2a) 'R'-reference in Chinese and 'RJ'-reference in Japanese do not circulate and are shelved the East Asian Reading Room.
(3) (3a) 'X' and 'XJ' do not circulate and are shelved in the East Asian Rare Book Cage.
Materials which are not yet fully cataloged are assigned numbers based on the order in which they are received by the Library. They are shelved in numerical order in separate sections by language.
Here are examples of W-Collection call numbers:
WCJK C-48 WCJK J-23 WCJK K-17
The W-Collection process enables users of the East Asian Collection to have quicker access to newly acquired materials. All books in the W-Collection generally can be searched by title, author and ISBN in the library catalog.
All East Asian Microforms are located in the Microforms area on the second floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library.