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About the Library

Navigating the Stacks

Search for books, CDs, DVDs, and more in the NOBLE catalog.

There are five levels of stacks in Jenks. Each stack contains their own subject areas, arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification. Use the chart to the right to see the subject classifications that are housed on each stack level of the library. Other library material such as DVDs, Scores, or Reference items are housed in different areas of the library. See the Call Number Prefix chart below for where those items are located.

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Stack 1: A-B

General Works, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

Stack 2: C-HC

Auxiliary Science of History, World History, American History, Local History, Geography, Anthropology, Recreation, Social Sciences

Stack 3: HD-M

Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Law, Education, Music

Stack 4: N-PR

Fine Arts, Language, Literature

Stack 5: PS-Z

Literature, Science, Medicine, Agriculture, Technology, Military Science, Naval Science, Library Science 

Call Number Prefixes

To locate the specific area in the library in which materials are located, use their assigned call numbers. Most materials in the library will have a unique call number which can be found either on the spine or cover. Some call numbers have prefixes in front to provide further information about where this material may be found in the library. Use the chart here to view the common call number prefixes and where those materials are located (the uppercase words are the call number prefixes and the lower case words are the location). 

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CIRC DESK: Circulation Desk

COMPACT DISC: 4th Floor Hallway


DVD: 3rd Floor Hallway

OVERSIZE: Alumni Reading Room

REF: Reference Room

SCORE: 4th Floor Hallway


STORAGE: Ask a Reference Librarian

HOLCOMB: Reference Room

CAREER: Reference Room


Poster of Dr. Lawrence Holcomb above a collection of books on wooden bookshelves

Holcomb Collection

Dr. Lawrence E. Holcomb was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Gordon College from 1996-2011. He loved to encourage his students to develop ideas and curiosity about life, always challenging them to think beyond themselves and the obvious.

The Holcomb Book Collection attempts to honor him by including books on topics he was passionate about, such as the intersection of faith with issues of class, race, and gender.

You can find the collection in the Reference Room or view the collection in the NOBLE catalog.