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Cutter Call Number Locations

Some of Wesleyan's older collections are still classified according to the Cutter Expansive Classification System. Cutter materials are located on the lower level of the Science Library or in Storage.

How to find them

Storage

Use the Request function in the online catalog, and the library will retrieve the item for you.

Open stacks in the Science Library Lower Level

All numbers in the Cutter system are shelved as if in decimal order - e.g. F4551 comes before F46; YYD J792x comes before YYD J8d. Numbers have precedence over letters at the beginnings of lines: 9YYP before YYP before YYP9; YP83 9A7 before YP83 A7.

If you cannot locate a Cutter classed item, request a that a librarian search for it by using the Request function in the online catalog.

Outline of Cutter Classification Numbers

A

Reference; General works

B-D

Philosophy; Psychology; Religion

E

Biography

F

History

G

Geography

H

Social Sciences

I

Sociology

J

Government, Politics

K

Law

L

General science; Physical sciences

M

Geology; Biology

N

Botany

O

Zoology

Q

Medicine

R

Technology

S

Engineering

T

Manufacturing

U

Military

V

Recreation (sports, theater, music)

W  

Fine arts

X  

Languages

Y  

Literatures (expanded by language, and in English form--e.g., YY is English and American literature, YYP is poetry in English)

Z  

Book arts; Bibliography