Marianist Library Classification


The schedules that form the Marianist Library Classification were developed because the classification scheme most commonly used in Marianist libraries, Marianist Classification 1960; For Archives and Documentary Libraries developed by Father William Ferree, SM, became impossible to implement successfully.

Years of work and consultation with experts in Marianist history and spirituality as well as input from Mr. Thompson A. Yee, Acting Chief of the Cataloging and Policy Support Office at the Library of Congress, have resulted in this new approach to classifying materials by and about the Marianists. The organizational basis for the schedules comes from the classes developed and defined by Brother Lawrence Scrivani, SM, in his Classification Scheme for Marianist Documents Libraries. In their application, the present schedules gather and organize Marianist works by topic or subject and are designed to follow Library of Congress cataloging practices and procedures.

(To read the full contents of the Introduction to the Marianist Library Classification see the pdf attachment below: MLC-Intro.pdf. In addition, to read the Marianist Library Classification and corresponding Index see the letter-size and A-4formats below.)


Please note: As the Classification schedules are used, changes will be made. A notice will be posted indicating changes that have been made.

Caution: If the NACMS record is used as the basis for cataloging, please note:

  1. The Marianist Library Classification call number will always begin with three letters (for example BXA, BXC, BXT).
  2. Any catalog record of a Marianist item without a class number beginning with these letters means that
    – NACMS has the item
    – this record is temporary and will be edited
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