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Rearranging Collections in the Langson Library

ImageOver the last several years, the Langson Library reached and exceeded its operational capacity to house collections. While digital materials are increasing in importance, monograph collections have continued to grow and will do so for the foreseeable future, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

After consultation with the affected departments and the Academic Senate, the UCI Libraries developed a plan for rearranging collections in the Langson Library with the following goals in mind:

After consultation with the affected departments and the Academic Senate, the UCI Libraries developed a plan for rearranging collections in the Langson Library with the following goals in mind:

  • Maximizing the use of available space for collections
  • Alleviating overcrowding in book stacks while keeping as many materials on-site as possible
  • Providing room for projected near-term growth of collections
  • Maintaining a logical call number sequence to facilitate location of materials
  • Keeping related subject areas on the same floor wherever possible
Taking faculty and student browsing patterns and preferences into account**

This project was completed during the summer of 2014 and the call numbers in the Langson Library are now arranged as follows:

  • Basement: A-B (General Works, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion), Oversize, Bound Journals, OC/ Cal Gov Info
  • 1st Floor: C-DS 200 (History, History of the Americas, portions of World History), East Asian Collection, Reference
  • 3rd Floor: DS 300-L (portions of World History, Geography, Social Sciences Political Science, Law, Education)
  • 4th Floor: M-Z (Music, Fine Arts, Language & Literature, Photography, Bibliography/Library Science/Information Resources)

If you have questions about this project, please contact Dana Peterman, Head of Collection Development (x40607 or dpeterma@uci.edu).