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Subject List

The Portico Library classification scheme is a fixed shelf classification. We do not use the Dewey Decimal System. As demonstrated in the list below, our classification is alphanumerical; subjects have been assigned a letter of the alphabet.

books on shelves under painted sign for Polite Literature
  1. A: Poetry & Drama

  2. B: Romances, Novels & Tales

  3. C: Natural History

  4. D: Sciences

  5. E: Theology & Mythology

  6. F: Biography

  7. G: Correspondence

  8. I: Philosophy, Logic & Occult

  9. K: Politics, Finance

  10. L: Miscellaneous Literature

  11. M: Voyages & Travels

  12. N: Fine Arts

  13. O: Collected Works

  14. Q: Periodicals

  15. S: Military History

  16. T: Church History

  17. U: Topography & Local History

  18. V: History

  19. W: Architecture & Antiquities

  20. X: Heraldry & Genealogy

  21. Y: Reference & Dictionaries

  22. Z: Geography

  23. NWF: North West Fiction (a new subject added in the late 1980s)