Library Collection Description

Circulating Collection

The library main circulating collection is arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) as outlined below. In a given call number, each Dewey Decimal number represents a specific area of knowledge.  The Cutter number, a letter/number/letter combination below the DDC number, further identifies the work by the author's surname and the title.  For example, the call number for Thomas Watson's The Ten Commandments is as follows:

241.52 = Christian moral and devotional theology, codes of conduct

W338t = "W338" is the numeric value given to the name Watson;

"t" represents the word "Ten" from the title of the book ("A", "An" and "The" in any language are never considered when they are the first word in a title).

The .52 is a decimal number and thus is a smaller number than .6 therefore, 241.52 would be shelved before 241.6.

Exceptions to the use of the DDC are periodicals, which are shelved alphabetically by title and within each title chronologically, oldest to most current (left to right).

Dewey Decimal Classification System

Note that in the DDC System all areas of knowledge are organized within ten broad classifications using numbers 000 to 999.  Approximately one third of the entire TMU Library collection is classed under 200's - Religion.  The following is an outline of these ten broad classifications with the ten sub-classifications for religion as well as TMU major related subclasses.  For more detailed information on the Dewey System go to  OCLC's DDC 22 Summaries.

000 - 099 - Computer Science, Information and General Works

000 Computer Science

070 News media, journalism & publishing

100 - 199 - Generalities; Philosophy & related disciplines

200 - 299 - Religion

210 - Natural religion

220 - Bible

230 - Christian theology

240 - Christian moral & devotional theology

250 - Local church & religious orders

260 - Social & ecclesiastical theology

270 - History & geography of church

280 - Christian denominations & sects

290 - Other & comparative religions

300 - 399 Social sciences

320 Political Science

330 Economics

370 Education

400 - 499 Languages

500 - 599 Pure-sciences

510 Mathematics

570 Life Sciences, Biology

600 - 699 Technology (Applied sciences)

610 Medicine & health

612.76 Kinesiology

640 Home and Family Management

650 Management and public relations

700 - 799 The Arts

780 Music

790 Sports

800 - 899 Literature

813 American Literature

900 - 999 General geography & History; Biography

973 United States History


Locating Library Resources: Solomon

Solomon, the library's online catalog and database search tool provides location and bibliographic information for all of the resources available in and through the library.  Keywords, titles, authors, subjects, or a combination of these may be used in searching Solomon.  Solomon also allows patrons to view their own account to find what items they have checked out, check the due date of an item, renew an item and access information regarding any fines/fees owed.  The library catalog is available in the library or via the World Wide Web (WWW).

Help in Locating Library Resources

1.   Type in keywords, titles, authors, subjects or any combination of these to find records related to your search.  If you need help ask the reference librarian.

2.   If the library does not have the item you want, ask.  It may be available on request from another library through our interlibrary loan service. See "Services" for details.

3.   If the book is checked out, you can place a "hold" on the book.  The staff will notify you when it comes in.  For details on "Hold" policies and procedures go to General Use Policies under Services on the library's Web site.

Reference Collection

Reference books are generally materials that are consulted for specific information rather than to be read completely through. They include general and specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, yearbooks, atlases, biographical sources and concordances. For a more detailed description of the various types of reference books see "Reference Resources" on the library Web site under Research Guides.

The hardcopy reference collection is located on the first floor to the right as one enters the library. All reference books have an "R" above the call number and a yellow and red REFERENCE label on their spines. Hardcopy reference materials may not leave the Library.

Softcopy reference materials on the other hand, are available anytime anywhere to the TMU community of faculty, staff and students. eReference books can be found by searching Solomon.

Reserve Collection

The reserve collection is located immediately behind the circulation desk at the main entrance. These materials have been set aside by faculty so those students enrolled in a specific course may have access to the information without the added cost of purchasing the items. A few of these items are on strict reserve and may only be read in the Library. Most may be signed out overnight. For details on the library reserve collection policies and procedures go to Course Reserves on the library Web site under Library Services.

Special Collections

The library maintains several special collections. Some are a collection of materials shelved independent of the main collection; others are materials being collected extensively in a particular subject or by a particular person. Our special collections are listed below.

Juvenile Books - a collection of fiction and nonfiction books for children located on the second floor.

Biblical Counseling - an extensive collection is being developed of all the tapes produced by The National Association of Nouthetic Counseling (NANC) as well as books and videos on this subject.

Creation Science - an extensive collection is being developed of the materials published on the subject of creation science including those produced by ICR (Institute for Creation Research) and CRS (Creation Research Society).

Karl W. Gillmeister Collection - Upon his death, the heirs of Rev Gillmeister, 1933-2004 donated his entire library of 9,000 volumes to the TMC library.  A major portion of this collection is made up of theological works collected over his lifetime.  The collection also includes books in the areas of archaeology and art.

Nell Segraves Creation Science Archives - Nell Segraves' personal collection documenting her efforts and those of Jean Sumrall & Kelly Segraves in presenting the issues of creation science and prayer in public schools before the Supreme Court and the Department of Education.

Puritanism - an in depth collection of materials by and about puritans and puritanism is being developed covering both the European and American venues.

TMU Archives - a collection of materials collected over the years revealing the history and development of LABC and TMU.  The TMU archives are housed in the MacArthur Legacy Center.


MacArthur Library - First edition copies of Dr. John MacArthur's published works as well as his original sermon notes and other speaking engagements produced over 25 years of exegeting the WORD of God are archived in the MacArthur Legacy Center.

The Periodical Collection

The library maintains subscriptions to over 260 hardcopy and 35,000 softcopy magazines, journals and newspapers collectively known as periodicals.  To discover specific titles held by this library search the library catalog "Solomon".

Hardcopy periodicals are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by title and within each title chronologically; oldest to most current, left to right respectively.  While hardcopy periodicals do not circulate, they are available for photocopy, scanning and use in the library.

Patrons are responsible to abide by copyright laws.

The most current issues are located on the display shelves.  Back issues for the current year (July to the present) are located behind the sloping shelf displaying the most recent issue.  Older back issues (before July) are shelved in the stacks behind the current issues or in a remote storage bin. To obtain issues in remote storage simply tell the Circulation clerk what you need and s/he will retrieve it for you.  Newspapers are kept for one week.

Softcopy periodicals can be identified through Solomon although access to the articles is limited to the TMU community with appropriate id/password.

Indexes to Periodicals

Indexes are published by numerous organizations at regular intervals.  Some cover periodicals of a general nature while others cover specific subjects.  In the same way the library catalog indexes the books in the library, periodical indexes provide information on the location of articles contained in various journals, magazines and newspapers.  Since scholarly research material usually appears in periodicals before it appears in book form, indexes make available a wealth of valuable, up-to-date scholarly material not otherwise evident.

Searching the periodical indexes available from the Powell library is done through Solomon.  Most of these indexes provide the full-text content of each journal, some only provide abstracts and a few only provide citations.  The Interlibrary Loan service may be used to obtain needed articles when the hardcopy or softcopy full-text is unavailable.


Last updated July 2011.