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Children's Subject Index

In Libraries, all the information books are put on the shelves according to their subject. Each subject has its own number and this is put on the spine of the book. The books are then put on the shelves in the order of these numbers, starting at 0 and ending at 999.

To help you find the information books that you want, the subjects are listed in the Children's Subject Index. You can find copies next to the children's information books in every library. It is easy to use, just like using an index at the back of a book.

Heres how to use it:

  • Think of a word that describes the subject that youre looking for, e.g. Victorians.
  • Look this word up in this Subject Index (if you can't find it, think of a similar word).
  • Opposite the subject, there will be a number, e.g. Victorians J941.081
  • Go to the shelves and look for your number on the spine of the book.



Well done, youve found your book!

Some libraries keep all the books about famous people together in a Biography section, rather than with the subject that they are linked to. Ask a member of library staff if they have this section and if they can help you to use it.

Remember, if you cant find a book, than do always ask a member of staff for help.


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