Dewey® Services

Organize your materials with the world's most widely used library classification system.

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Organize your collection

Libraries big and small the world over use the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC) system to help make sense of today's complex library collections.

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Break down language barriers

The DDC system has been translated into numerous languages and serves library users worldwide making it the world's most widely used library classification system.

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Get timely updates

Get updates to the DDC through continual updates to the WebDewey service. The Dewey editorial team continually identifies new trends in published topics to include in the DDC to make it work better for you and your library. Email dewey@oclc.org with your Dewey questions and concerns.

Minimize volunteer and staff training time

Many libraries rely on volunteers and temporary staff to manage day-to-day tasks such as re-shelving books. The DDC's simple, number-based format makes it easy for these helpers to know exactly where a book should fit on the shelf. They can re-shelve books quickly and have confidence they're doing it correctly.

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Help patrons feel more comfortable in the library

Non-regular library users can be intimidated by the rows and rows of shelves, searching the catalog, and even asking a librarian for help. With its subject-based classification system, the DDC encourages patrons to independently browse the catalog, the stacks, and even your programming schedule to find what they need. Once they find the topic area they want, patrons can comfortably browse the items to get a better understanding of your collection.

Learn more about the DDC

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system has a rich history and we have a lot of materials that can help you explore the DDC itself, Melvil Dewey and more.

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"Delaware Libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification system as a match point across all library services—including reference, programs, and circulation—to get a sense of how Delawareans are using libraries and what they are trying to accomplish."

Annie Norman
State Librarian/Director
Delaware Division of Libraries
Delaware, United States

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system is the world’s most widely used way to organize library collections. The DDC constantly updates to enable better discovery across any topic in multiple languages. Because the DDC is easy to use, you can increase the visibility of your materials quickly and efficiently.

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Recent news

The Dewey blog is a great source for news and views on classification issues as well as interesting and unusual DDC resources and curiosities. It's also a convenient way to share feedback directly to the DDC editors to help shape the future of the DDC.

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