Library Week: A Nerd’s Guide to the Dewey Decimal System

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Confession: I was that weird breed of kid who gave up recess to spend more time in the school’s library so that I could talk Huck Finn and Nancy Drew with the librarian. She gifted me with the lowdown on literature, or at least the abridged version a 10-year-old would appreciate, and I soaked it all up. Nowadays, libraries have stepped aside for big-brand bookstores who lure us in with coffee bars and bargain bins, but there’s just something about a quiet library nook that makes you feel cozy, and like less of a consumerist a-hole. I understand that not everyone has been properly acquainted with their local library, but why not take a step in? It won’t bite. Promise.

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In honor of Library Week, we put together a nerd’s comprehensive guide to the Dewey Decimal System. From dinosaurs to comics to Star Trek reference guides, it’s all here:

000 – Computers, Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, UFO’s, Aliens

020 – Internet

110 – Metaphysics

114 – Space

115 – Time

130 – Ghosts & the Supernatural

135 – Dreams & Mysteries

158.1 – Self Help

228 – Biblical Apocalypse

290 – Mythology

305.4 – Women

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327.1 – Spies

390 – Scary Stories

500 – Science Experiments

510 – Math

520 – Stars, Planets, Astronomy

530 – Physical Science: Force & Motion, Electricity, Magnetism

540 – Chemistry, Atoms & Molecules

550 – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Weather

567.91 – Dinosaurs

575 – Evolution

600 – Technology

608 – Inventions

611 – Anatomy

620 – Engineering, Space Ships

621.38416 – Ham Radio

649.65 – Sex

650 – Secret Codes

662 – Explosives

730 – Origami

741.5 – Graphic Novels & Anime

792: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD

793.73 – Dungeons & Dragons

800 – Literature

808Star Trek Reader’s Reference

810 – Jokes

940 – Knights

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