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What “Dewey” Know about the Dewey Decimal System?

  1. It was invented by Melvil Dewey (kind of the father of modern public libraries), who was born on December 10, 1851.
  2. The Dewey Decimal classification system first appeared in U.S.  libraries in 1876.
  3. It organizes non-fiction books and materials.
  4. It helps patrons browse more easily for books since it’s organized by topic, not by the order in which the library bought the book.
  5. It’s organized into 10 main “classes” (i.e. categories).
    000 Computer science, information & general works
    100 Philosophy & psychology
    200 Religion
    300 Social sciences
    400 Language
    500 Science
    600 Technology
    700 Arts & recreation
    800 Literature
    900 History & geography
  6. Each class is divided into another 10 sections, which can also be subdivided.
  7. The book’s call number is the Dewey number plus letter(s) from the author’s last name.
  8. Call numbers work across languages, ages and libraries in the US and around the world.
  9. The system has been revised multiple times since 1876, but is still