Non-fiction books are FACT books. We read them for information. For example books on animals, cars, fashion, sports and different religions would all be found in the non-fiction section of the Library. The Library has almost 5500 non-fiction books.

Non-fiction books on the library shelves

Non-fiction books are arranged on the shelves by subject. To keep books on the same subject together, we use the Dewey Decimal Classification Sysytem. This system was first introduced to libraries in the nineteenth century and is constantly updated to take account of new information. Many libraries use this method of organising non-fiction books. Using a numbering system it enables libraries to keep books on the same or similar subjects together. The Dewey Decimal Classification divides all knowledge in to ten main categories. These are

000 General works (including encyclopaedias)

100 Philosophy and Psychology

200 Religion

300 Social Sciences

400 Languages

500 Science and Mathematics

600 Technology (Applied Science)

700 The Arts, Sports and Recreation

800 Literature

900 Geography and History

Within a subject area, subjects (and books) can be classified from a very general subject to a very specific subject. As a subject gets more specific, the Dewey number gets longer.

For example

500 Science and Mathematics

    530 Physics

         537 Electricity

              537.5 Electronics

                     537.535 X-Rays

The Dewey number is marked on the spine of a book and on the label inside the book.