Pendergrass Library’s collection is organized by Library of Congress Classification (LCC). LCC divides all knowledge into 21 basic classes and identifies each class by a single letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are then divided into subclasses with an additional letter or letters to form two- or three-letter combinations. These combinations are organized into an approximate hierarchy that moves from general to more specific topics as the combinations move through the alphabet. Combinations are paired with a single number or span of numbers to denote all materials relating to a certain topic. In example, Class S includes all knowledge relating to agriculture. Subclass SF includes all knowledge relating to animal husbandry and animal science. Subclass SF 277-360 includes all knowledge on the topic of horse care and husbandry.
What follows is a brief overview of the major classes and subclasses within the Pendergrass Library collection. Please speak with our staff if you need additional information or help finding specific materials within the collection.
Subclass SB: Horticulture, Plant Propagation, Plant Breeding, & Plant Care
Topics include all aspects of flower, fruit, and vegetable gardening; houseplant care; information on greenhouses, terrariums, water gardening; families of plants (i.e.-azaleas, begonias, roses, etc.); and landscaping.
Subclass SF: Animal Husbandry & Animal Science
Topics include resources relating to livestock and specific materials on the care and management of alpacas, camelids, cattle, donkeys, goats, honeybees, llamas, pigs, and poultry.
Subclass SF 277-360 – Horse Care
Materials relating to horse care and training. Included are materials on horse breeds; selection of a horse; horse behavior; and information on horse housing, grooming, nutrition, and breeding. There are also items on horsemanship, including learning and teaching how to ride in both Eastern and Western styles and horse training for riding, jumping, working, and harness. Other topics included are materials on horse shows and horse sports (including racing). The topic on horse racing includes materials on race training, the history of the sport, and famous racehorses, such as Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and Barbaro.
Subclass SF 411-473 – Pet Care
Materials relating to the care and training of animals. This includes information on dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, small mammals, and exotics. There are also materials on pet culture and pet loss.
Subclass SF 421-440 – Dog Care
Encompasses a wide range of topics, including our subscription to the AKC Gazette; information on breeds, breeding, and genetics; training (including specific tasks like hunting and herding); dog behavior; and nutrition.
Subclass SF 441-450 – Cat Care
Encompasses a wide range of topics, including information on information breeds, breeding, and genetics; behavior and training; and nutrition. There are also materials on feral cats and trap-neuter-release programs.
Subclass SF 456-458 – Aquarium & Fish Care
Encompasses topics relating to saltwater and freshwater aquariums, fish and invertebrates, pond care, nutrition, and fish diseases. Our subscriptions to Aquarium Fish Magazine, Aquarium Fish International, and Tropical Fish Hobbyist can be found in this range.
Subclass SF 451-456 – Other Pets
Topics relating to the care of small mammals and exotic pets, including rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, hedgehogs, primates, and invertebrates.
Subclass SF 459 – Reptile & Amphibian Care
Encompasses materials on general groups of species (snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, turtles, tortoises), specific groups of species (Tegus, chameleons, pythons), and specific species (White’s tree frog, ball python, and leopard gecko).
Subclass SF 460-473 – Bird Care
Encompasses materials on general care and nutrition, behavior and training, and information on specific bird groups. Groups covered by the collection include pigeons, canaries, finches, softbills, and parrots.
Subclass TX: Home Economics & Cookery
Topics include the profession and study of the economics and management of the home and community, consumer education, cooking, nutrition, and food preservation. Subclass TX 642-840 includes our cookery collection with cookbooks for specific ingredients, cooking methods, ethnic and regional cuisine, and national foods.