The majority of the books at the University Library are filed in Library of Congress Call Number order.
When you look at a book's record in the online catalogue, it displays the call number on one line like so:
When you look for a book on the shelf, the call number will be arranged vertically on the spine of the book, usually divided into four lines:
First line is one or two letters, read alphabetically.
Second line is a whole number (from 1 to 9999)
Third line is a decimal number, not a whole number (i.e. K89 comes before K9)
The fourth line may be either another decimal number, or it may be the date that the book was published.
The following video (by Douglas College Library) will teach you how to read call numbers:
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In the Murray Library, you have to go into the Reserve area behind the Check-Out desk on the ground floor and find your own reserve items. There is a separate check-out area there just for reserve items.
In most other library branches, reserve items are kept in the staff area behind the desk. You will have to give the item's call number to the library staff member on duty, and he or she will retrieve it for you.