Definition of call number in English:

call number

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  • A mark, especially a number, on the spine of a library book, or listed in the library's catalog, indicating the book's location in the library.

    ‘Searches can be made for specific materials through the call number, which indicates the location of the book.’
    • ‘Money and Security has been placed by its Library of Congress call number in military history, but it might find a more appropriate home in economic affairs.’
    • ‘I walked along the side of the shelves until I found the call number of one of the books I was looking for.’
    • ‘While some dealers tried to conceal the provenance of the books, others brazenly sold volumes still bearing call numbers on the spines.’
    • ‘It offers a variety of ways to get at the texts, including library call numbers and interlibrary loan where needed, and also citation information in some cases.’
    • ‘‘You sound like my brother,’ she said wryly, rolling her eyes as she bent to pick a few books out of the bin and checking their call numbers.’