Finding A Book



The University of Belize Library categorizes its collections using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. If as a patron you do not understand how the books are placed on the shelves, read the information below or ask any Library staff for assistance.

Dewey Decimal Classification System

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system, devised by library pioneer Melvil Dewey in the 1870s and owned by OCLC since 1988, provides a dynamic structure for the organization of library collections. Now in its 22nd edition, and available in print and Web versions, the DDC is the world's most widely used library classification system.


  • Provides a logical system for organizing every item in our library's unique collection
  • Offer library users familiarity and consistency of a time-honored classification system used in 200,000 libraries worldwide


  • Classification standards are available in print and Web formats, and full and abridged editions.
  • The DDC provides meaningful notation in universally recognized Arabic numerals, well-defined. categories and hierarchies, and a rich network of relationships among topics.
  • Teaching tools help librarians, library science students and library users use the DDC efficiently.

Click here for a full reference on the Dewey Decimal System.