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Quick Guide to the Dewey Decimal System

The collection uses a pseudo-Dewey Decimal Classification with each call number beginning with a WB.

  • 000 General Knowledge
    Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Libraries, Museums, Newspapers
  • 100 Psychology and Philosophy
    Death & Dying, Ethics, Feelings, Logic, Making Friends, Optical Illusions, Superstitions
  • 200 Religions and Mythology
    Amish, Bible Stories, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Quakers, and other world religions; Greek, Roman and other myths
  • 300 Social Sciences and Folklore
    Careers, Customs, Environment, Families, Folktales, Government, Manners, Money, Recycling
  • 400 Languages and Grammar
    Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Sign Language, Spanish. Includes dictionaries
  • 500 Math and Science
    Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Dinosaurs, Fish, Geology, Insects, Physics, Planets, Plants
  • 600 Medicine and Technology
    Computers, Cookbooks, Engineering, Farming, Health, Human Body, Inventions, Manufacturing, Nutrition
  • 700 Arts & Recreation
    Architecture, Crafts, Drawing, Games, Jokes, Music, Puppets, Songbooks, Sports
  • 800 Literature
    Children's Literature, Plays, Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing
  • 900 Geography and History
    Biographies, Countries, Native Americans, States, Travel, Wars

TRC Description

School Library Collection - call numbers begin with WB
This "library within a library" consists of approximately 18,000 books for grades K-12, in areas including reading, language arts, music, science, health, mathematics, social studies, and multicultural education. It is arranged according to a pseudo-Dewey Decimal Classification. This collection also includes hands-on materials, idea books, activity books, lesson plan books, and thematic units.

Secondary School Textbooks - call numbers begin with WS
A very small number of donated high school texts are available for review.
Picture Books and Big Books - call numbers begin with WB
A small number of books intended for children K-3; mostly children's literature. "Big Books" are suitable for reading aloud to groups of children.

State Adopted Textbooks, K-8 - call numbers begin with WC
Textbooks are collected in all curricular subjects for grades K-8. Emphasis in the textbook collection is on materials approved by the California State Department of Education. Texts adopted by local schools may be acquired comprehensively, while other exemplary texts are collected selectively. Also in this area are media materials that accompany State-adopted materials such as: transparencies, study prints, games, realia, multimedia kits, videos and manipulatives; as well as educational software that accompanies State-adopted materials. *LIBRARY USE ONLY*



The Teacher's Resource Center is located on the Southwest corner on the 2nd floor of the Robert E. Kennedy Library.

College of Science & Mathematics, School of Education, and Data & GIS Librarian

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Jeanine Scaramozzino
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Robert E. Kennedy Library, 216E
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone 805.756.5677

Summer Office Hours: By Appointment
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Dana Ospina

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