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Did you know?
 The majority of books using the Dewey Decimal System in a library's collection are non-fiction, but just because a book has a call number doesn't mean it's non-fiction. The DDS has a number for ALL books!
 
  Some examples of fiction books in the Dewey Decimal System are:
 
Folk and Fairy Tales 398 and 398.2
Riddles 398.6
Poetry 811
Plays 812
 
  American Fiction books could actually be classified under 813. Most libraries put their fiction in a separate alphabetical section by the first few letters of each author's last name, though, because it would otherwise take up too much space in the 813s!
   

     
What is the Dewey Decimal System?
 The Dewey Decimal Classification system, sometimes abbreviated DDC, is a method of categorizing books in a library by subject matter. It is a numerical system using groupings of ten — i.e. there are ten major classes, each of which has ten divisions, each of which has ten sections — and books are placed on the shelf in numerical order. In most libraries the Dewey number and the first three letters of the author's last name become the book's call number. The Dewey Decimal system was created by Melvil Dewey in 1876.
   

Dewey Decimal Classification Chart
 
000 - Computer Science, Information, and General Works
 
000   Computer science, knowledge & systems
010   Bibliographies
020   Library & information sciences
030   Encyclopedias & books of facts
040   [Unassigned]
050   Magazines, journals & serials
060   Associations, organizations & museums
070   News media, journalism & publishing
080   Quotations
090   Manuscripts & rare books
 
500 - Science
 
500   Science
510   Mathematics
520   Astronomy
530   Physics
540   Chemistry
550   Earth sciences & geology
560   Fossils & prehistoric life
570   Life sciences; biology
580   Plants (Botany)
590   Animals (Zoology)
100 - Philosophy and Psychology
 
100   Philosophy
110   Metaphysics
120   Epistemology
130   Parapsychology & occultism
140   Philosophical schools of thought
150   Psychology
160   Logic
170   Ethics
180   Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
190   Modern western philosophy
 
600 - Technology
 
600   Technology
610   Medicine & health
620   Engineering
630   Agriculture
640   Home & family management
650   Management & public relations
660   Chemical engineering
670   Manufacturing
680   Manufacture for specific uses
690   Building & construction
200 - Religion 
 
200   Religion
210   Philosophy & theory of religion
220   The Bible
230   Christianity & Christian theology
240   Christian practice & observance
250   Christian pastoral practice & religious orders
260   Christian organization, social work & worship
270   History of Christianity
280   Christian denominations
290   Other religions
 
700 - Arts and Recreation
 
700   Arts
710   Landscaping & area planning
720   Architecture
730   Sculpture, ceramics & metalwork
740   Drawing & decorative arts
750   Painting
760   Graphic arts
770   Photography & computer art
780   Music
790   Sports, games & entertainment
300 - Social Sciences
 
300   Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
310   Statistics
320   Political science
330   Economics
340   Law
350   Public administration & military science
360   Social problems & social services
370   Education
380   Commerce, communications & transportation
390   Customs, etiquette & folklore
 
800 - Literature 
 
800   Literature, rhetoric & criticism
810   American literature in English
820   English & Old English literatures
830   German & related literatures
840   French & related literatures
850   Italian, Romanian & related literatures
860   Spanish & Portuguese literatures
870   Latin & Italic literatures
880   Classical & modern Greek literatures
890   Other literatures
400 - Language 
 
400   Language
410   Linguistics
420   English & Old English languages
430   German & related languages
440   French & related languages
450   Italian, Romanian & related languages
460   Spanish & Portuguese languages
470   Latin & Italic languages
480   Classical & modern Greek languages
490   Other languages
 
900 - History and Geography
 
900   History
910   Geography & travel
920   Biography & genealogy
930   History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
940   History of Europe
950   History of Asia
960   History of Africa
970   History of North America
980   History of South America
990   History of other areas