If we just put all of our books anywhere in the Library, no one would be able to find anything. Obviously, they need to be organized.
In the late 1800’s, a librarian named Melvil Dewey came up with an organizing system that has become known as the Dewey Decimal System and is used in public and school libraries. If you understand the basics of Dewey, you can find books in most libraries. You probably learned about Dewey in school, but just in case you’ve forgotten, we’re going to give you a little lesson.
If you’re looking for books, you’ll likely look in the card catalog (people still call it that even though it's on a computer and we no longer have cards). (Click here to learn how to use Catalog.) Or you may just browse the shelves to look for books. Whether you use the Catalog or just browse, understanding Dewey is helpful.