Reference Collection


The Reference Collection is one of two Beinecke collections that use Library of Congress call numbers.


The size boundaries for Reference Collection materials are:

up to 25 cm. high
up to 23 cm. wide
Quarto (for instructions on oversize call numbers, see Past and Current Practices for Oversize LC Call Numbers):
between 25 and 38 cm. high
over 23 and up to 27 cm. wide
over 38 cm. high
over 28 cm. wide


The following guidelines are used when marking volumes in the Reference Collection:

  1. Mark on verso of t.p. when there is one
  2. Mark on back cover, lower right hand corner, when there is no title page, unless cover is too dark
  3. Mark on last page, lower right hand corner, when 1 or 2 don't apply. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.


The Reference Collection uses the Library of Congress classification scheme. (LC) is used under the call numbers except in classes D, PA-PZ, Q.

Printing Press Room

For items to be shelved in the Printing Press room, use the call number prefix "Printing Press" [‡k Printing Press] preceeding the call number in the holdings record. Also, use "Printing Press" preceeding the call number in the local note.

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