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New titles received by the Library are now organized using Library of Congress Classification (LC).

Key points to note:

  • New books in Chinese and English will be interfiled in one collection
  • LC-classified items available to borrow from 3 June 2019
  • LC-classified items are identified by the prefix [LC] in OneSearch:
LC classified titles in OneSearch

For the time being, the existing collections will remain in the same location. The current classification schemes will also remain in use, namely Dewey Decimal Classification for English books and both Lai’s Classification and Chinese Classification for Chinese books. However, retrospective reclassification projects are planned for the future. Eventually all Library materials will be classified using LC, allowing for the easier discovery of the Library’s physical materials in all languages.

Important Dates

May 2019 New Library materials classified using LC
June 2019 LC-classified items available for borrowing from the New Books section on Level 2 of the Main Library
20 August 2019 Section for LC-classified general books established on Level 4 of the Main Library

More about Library of Congress Classification

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, and is the de facto national library of the United States. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it developed a classification system to organize and arrange its book collections.

Library of Congress Classification has since been adopted by many other libraries, especially large academic libraries. It is now one of the most widely used Library classification systems in the world.

More information can be found on the website of the Library of Congress.

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Last updated: 21 August 2019