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Anthropology: Finding Books

Anthropology Books

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Anthropology Books

Regina Houghteling wishes to thank Susan Atkey & Marjorie Mitchell, librarians at University of British Columbia, for this information about anthropology call numbers.

What are Call Numbers?

Call numbers are a combination of letters and numbers that indicate the location of an item in the library. Call numbers at City College Cohen Library are organized in groups according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Because they are grouped by number, this means that you can find books on similar topics in the same area of the library.

Call Numbers for Anthropology

Browsing the stacks can be a useful way to find books on your topic. It may lead you down paths you hadn't considered!

The table below shows the main call numbers for Anthropology. Call numbers from A-N are on the 1st floor of Koerner library; Call numbers P start on the 4th floor.

call number subject call number subject
CC Archaeology GN 502-517 Psychological Anthropology
GF Human Ecology. Anthropogeography GN 700 Prehistoric Archaeology
GN Anthropology GR Folklore
GN 49 Physical Anthropology GT Manners and Customs
GN 281 Human Evolution P Philology. Linguistics
GN 300 Ethnology, Social, and Cultural Anthropology    

Online Encyclopedias

Books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and directories that are often used to answer quick questions or provide background information about a topic before pursuing more detailed research. These are all available online, and can be accessed remotely with an activated CUNY ID card from the City College of New York.

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CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services (CLICS)

If you find a book in CUNY+ that is not in the City College library but is available at another CUNY library, you can request that it be sent to our Library for you to pick up. You will be notified by email when the book is available.


To use CLICS, your e-mail address must be in your library circulation record. Stop by the Circulation Desk or call 650-7155 to verify that it has been entered. An e-mail notification will be sent to you when the book is available. The book will normally be available to you within 48 hours of your request. If the book is not available, you will receive an e-mail notice.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The City College Library provides interlibrary loan (ILL) services for City College faculty, students and staff in good Library standing. ILL is used to obtain materials NOT OWNED by CUNY for purposes relating to:

  • Research
  • Academic studies  (Textbooks may not be requested)

Learn more about ILL      

All ILL requests are made online through our document delivery system called ILLiad. All articles requested through ILLiad will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account. Books will be delivered to the Circulation department where you can pick them up. You will be notified via email when ILL items have been received. You must create an account on ILLiad to request items via ILL.

Create your ILLiad account or make a request online