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Abridged 15 in print

Photo: DDC Abridged Edition 15For libraries with collections of 20,000 titles or fewer, the abridged edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system provides the level of detail needed to classify the materials in those collections. Abridged Edition 15, published in early 2012, reflects the many changes to the body of human knowledge that have occurred since Abridged Edition 14 was published in 2004.

Packaged in one convenient, affordable print volume, the abridged DDC provides Dewey numbers that are compatible with the unabridged edition should a library’s collection expand and require deeper classification detail.

You can download PDF versions of Abridged 15 highlights, including an introduction, a glossary and relocations, discontinuation and reused numbers. Each of these tools will help you better understand how the DDC organizes knowledge into a classification that is useful to library users worldwide.

  • The Abridged 15 Introduction is a full reprint and provides a detailed overview of the DDC, including basic terminology and an explanation of DDC structure, complete with many helpful examples. If you are new to classifying with Dewey, this introduction will help you get started quickly.
    Download Introduction to Abridged 15  [PDF: 473K].

  • Relocations, Discontinuations and Reused Numbers is a reprint of the tables found in Abridged 15. It includes all relocations and discontinuations since Abridged 14.
    Download Relocations, Discontinuations and Reused Numbers [PDF: 218K].

  • The Glossary is also reprinted from Abridged 15; it provides helpful definitions of DDC terms and gives users a common language for implementing the DDC.
    Download Abridged 15 Glossary [PDF: 382K].

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