Using the Fountainhead Library

 Library Overview

The Fountainhead library is located in the back of the student break room.  Just outside the library is a book cart with free (outdated and duplicate) books for anyone to take home.

Inside the library on the right is the New Book Cart, with the latest library books available. Any book or periodical can be checked out with the self-check form on the New Book Cart; please follow instructions on the form. The loan period is three weeks for books or media, one week for periodicals; all items can be renewed.

Online Resources

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is located at:

Tennessee Electronic Library



Library Personnel

Ms. Linda Sammataro

MS library science, BA English

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-5 pm, and by appt.

e-mail – please feel free to send questions and comments!


How to Find Books and Other Materials

Use the online catalog (available only within the building by laptop, not by mobile device) to search for an item by title, author or subject.  Note the call no. to find it on the shelves.

The call no. sequence begins on the left-hand wall and continues clockwise around the room, followed by a Reference section (books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, to be consulted but not checked out).

To the right of the Reference section is the Historical Collection (books of historical but not current interest, which must be used in the library), arranged by call no. and marked “HIST COLL” on the spine.

Periodicals (magazines and journals) are located on the shelf to the right front of the room, and arranged alphabetically by title.”


How to Read Library Call Numbers and Relate Them to Shelf Location

The format of Dewey numbers is three digits to the left of a decimal point, and as many as needed to the right, e.g.”005.8.”  The digits to the left of the decimal point are whole numbers, but digits to the right of the decimal point are fractions.

Thus in the call no. 005.8, “005” equals computer programming, programs & data, and “.8” equals the subtopic computer security.

Books are shelved from left to right, from smaller numbers to larger ones.

Examples of shelf order: 604 is to the left of 605.

604.125 is to the left of 604.5, because 604.125 is smaller than 604.5 (0.125 = 1/8th and is less than 0.5, which is 1/2).

Matching Numbers to Subject Content

The Dewey Decimal System organizes information by the predominant subject content.  For example, much of what we teach and study at Fountainhead is in the 000s (computer science) or the 600s (applied science and technology).

All digits to the right of the hundreds column break information into increasingly smaller fields of knowledge; thus all knowledge is arranged hierarchically.



000  = Computer science, information and general works

100  = Philosophy & psychology

200 =  Religion

300 = Social sciences

400 = Language

500 = Natural sciences & mathematics

600 = Technology and medicine

700 = Arts and recreation

800 = Literature & rhetoric

900 = History & geography



 Call Numbers – Why are they called that?  Because in early times when library shelves were not open to the public, a user would “call” for a particular number to be retrieved by library staff.

 Stacks – The storage location.  Before users were allowed to see the books on the shelves, they were literally stacked up horizontally, not standing with call nos. showing on the spines of the books.  Today “stacks” is synonymous with “shelves.”

 Dewey Decimal System – A book classification system devised by Melvil Dewey, a librarian, educator and innovator, back in 1876.  It has been revised 23 times, most recently in 2011, and is used in 135 countries  and hundreds of thousands of libraries.  In the US, it is used I school and public libraries, as well as small college libraries.”


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