Crash course in Library of Congress classification

Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a notational system for organizing and arranging the book collections of the Library of Congress. Since its creation in 1898 as a local classification scheme, many academic and research libraries across the United States and Canada have adopted the system.

This workshop introduces participants to the basic structure and principles of LCC. Throughout the workshop, participants will have opportunities to classify topics using the LCC schedules (

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the concepts behind library classification
  • Recognize call numbers constructed according to LCC
  • Classify selected topics using LCC schedules and the LC Classification & Shelflisting Manual
  • Identify strategies for classifying multidisciplinary and multi-topic bibliographic works

This workshop complements the workshop Crash Course in Dewey Decimal Classification.

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.


Elisa Sze, Librarian, Collections & Public Services Coordinator