- a number, letter, symbol, or combination of these, indicating the specific location of a work in a library, especially the combination of the classification symbol and the designation for the author.
Origin of call number
An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for call number
Charge slips are deposited temporarily in a drawer, and next morning are arranged by call-number and filed in the charging tray.
Put on every card in the catalog the call-number of the book to which it refers.
On this book-card, at the top, write the call-number of the book in the pocket of which it is placed.
On this pocket, at the top, write the call-number of the book.
This call-number should be written with ink on the pocket and book slip, which is kept in the pocket, or on the book-plate.
- the number given to a book in a library, indicating its shelf locationAlso called: call mark
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