The Dewey Decimal System

Libraries can be organised under different systems, the libraries of the University of the Arts London for example uses the Dewey Decimal System.

Invented and first published by  Melvil Dewey in 1876 in the United States, is one of the most used classification systems for library institutions. The Classification system uses numbers and 10 main classes divided into several division, which are again divided into sections.

  • The 10 main classes (000-900)
    • example for divisions (from 700-790)
      • example for sections (from 700-799)

 

  • 000 – General works, Computer science and Information
  • 100 – Philosophy and psychology
  • 200 – Religion
  • 300 – Social sciences
  • 400 – Language
  • 500 – Pure Science
  • 600 – Technology
  • 700 – Arts & recreation
    • 700 Arts
    • 710 Area planning & landscape architecture
    • 720 Architecture
    • 730 Sculpture, ceramics, & metalwork
    • 740 Graphic arts & decorative arts 
      • 740 Graphic arts
      • 741 Drawing & drawings
      • 742 Perspective in drawing
      • 743 Drawing & drawings by subject
      • 744
      • 745 Decorative arts
      • 746 Textile arts
      • 747 Interior decoration
      • 748 Glass
      • 749 Furniture & accessories
    • 750 Painting
    • 760 Printmaking & prints
    • 770 Photography, computer art, film, video
    • 780 Music
    • 790 Sports, games & entertainment
  • 800 – Literature
  • 900 – History & geography
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