Finding What You’re Looking For

Every resource in the IHOPU library is listed in the online library catalog. Once you know what you are looking for, understanding the organization of the IHOPU library will help you locate the resource easily.

Online Library Catalog

  • The online library catalog can be accessed through the “Library Catalog” button to the right, in the side bar.
  • To log in, click on the green “Login” button in the top right. Enter your last name in the “Client Code” field and your first name in the “Password or PIN” field. Click “Login.”
  • When you search for a resource, it will be listed in a table.
  • The “Location” column of the table indicates the row and section of shelves where a resource can be found in the IHOPU library.
  • The Library of Congress (LC) call number is also listed.

Video tutorial: Logging in

Video tutorial: Searching for a resource

Organization of Resources

  • We use the Library of Congress (LC) classification call number system to organize resources.
  • Resources are labeled with a corresponding LC call number.
  • Oversized books are laid flat on the shelf under the one they would normally be on or shelved on the top or bottom shelf of the bookshelf.

Library of Congress Classification

Understanding the Library of Congress (LC) classification system will help you find what you need. Each resource has a call number, which begins with a letter of the alphabet.

A
General Works
(encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodicals, etc.)
B
Philosophy; Psychology; Religion
C
Auxiliary Sciences of History
D
World History; History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.
E–F
History of the Americas
G
Geography; Anthropology; Recreation
H
Social Sciences
J
Political Science
K
Law
L
Education (not religious)
M
Music and Books about Music
N
Fine Arts
P
Language and Literature
Q
Science
R
Medicine
S
Agriculture
T
Technology
U
Military Science
V
Naval Science
Z
Bibliography; Library Science; Information Resources

Most of our resources are in the “B” class because their subject is religion. Each class has subclasses to further distinguish between resources. These subclasses are designated by an additional letter of the alphabet.

B
Philosophy
BC
Logic
BD
Speculative Philosophy; Metaphysics
BF
Psychology
BH
Aesthetics
BJ
Ethics
BL
Religions; Mythology; Rationalism
BM
Judaism
BP
Islam; Bahaism; Theosophy; etc.
BQ
Buddhism
BR
Christianity (includes church history)
BS
The Bible
BT
Doctrinal Theology
BV
Practical Theology
BX
Christian Denominations (includes sects)

Besides being in the “B” class, most of our resources are about Christianity, and are therefore in the subclasses “BR,” “BS,” “BT,” “BV,” and “BX.” Numbers help categorize books within a subclass.

Subclass BR
BR1–1725: Christianity

  • BR60–67: Early Christian literature
  • BR115: Christianity in relation to special subjects
  • BR500–1510: By region or country
  • BR1600–1609: Persecution; martyrs
  • BR1690–1725: Biography

Subclass BS
BS1–2970: The Bible

  • BBS410–680: Works about the Bible
  • BS500–534.8: Criticism and interpretation of the Bible
  • BS580: Individual Old Testament characters
  • BS701–1830: Old Testament
    • BS825–1013: Modern texts and versions of the Old Testament
    • BS1110–1199: Works about the Old Testament
    • BS1160–1191.5: Criticism and interpretation of the Old Testament
  • BS1901–2970: New Testament
    • BS2025–2213: Modern texts and versions
    • BS2280–2545: Works about the New Testament
    • BS2350–2393: Criticism and interpretation of the New Testament
    • BS2415–2417: Teachings of Jesus
    • BS2640–2765.6: Epistles of Paul

Subclass BT
BT10–1480: Doctrinal theology

  • BT98–180: God
  • BT109–115: Doctrine of the Trinity
  • BT117–123: Holy Spirit
  • BT126–127.5: Revelation
  • BT130–153: Divine attributes
  • BT198–590: Christology
    • BT296–500: Life of Christ
    • BT580: Miracles
  • BT695–749: Creation
  • BT750–811: Soteriology (doctrine of salvation)
  • BT819–89:1 Eschatology (doctrine of “last things”: death, judgment, heaven, hell, end times)
  • BT899–940: Future state; future life
  • BT960–985: Invisible world
  • BT990–1010: Creeds, confessions, etc.
  • BT1095–1255: Apologetics
  • BT1313–1480: History of specific doctrines/movements

Subclass BV
BV1–5099: Practical theology

  • BV5–530: Worship (public and private)
    • BV205–287: Prayer
    • BV301–530: Hymnology
  • BV590–1652: Ecclesiastical theology
    • BV800–873: Sacraments
    • BV803–814: Baptism
    • BV823–828: Holy Communion
    • BV835–838: Marriage
  • BV2000–3705: Missions
    • BV2750–3695: Missions in individual countries
  • BV3750–3799: Evangelism; revivals
  • BV4000–4470: Pastoral theology
    • BV4200–4317: Preaching
    • BV4239–4317: Sermons
  • BV4485–5099: Practical religion; Christian life

Subclass BX
BX1–9999: Christian denominations

  • BX1–10: Church unity
  • BX100–799: Eastern churches
  • BX800–4795: Catholic Church
    • BX1958–1968: Creeds
    • BX2177–2198: Meditations; devotional readings
    • BX2200–2292: Sacraments
    • BX2347–2377: Practical religion; Christian life
    • BX2400–4563: Monasticism; religious orders
    • BX4650–4705: Biography and portraits
    • BX4700: Saints
  • BX4800–9999: Protestantism
    • BX4872–4924: Pre-Reformation
    • BX4929–4951: Post-Reformation