Dewey Decimal Classification System

Libraries often use images to help community members locate items in their collections.

The images included on this page were created to help community members with learning disabilities navigate the Dewey Decimal System. They support the principles of universal access by also helping other library users, including adults with low literacy skills and English language learners.

The images are available for download by public libraries. They were chosen to represent subject areas that are often requested by the community. They can be mounted on bookstacks or on special mounts in the collection.




All copyright rights in the Dewey Decimal Classification System are owned by OCLC. Dewey, Dewey Decimal Classification, DDC, OCLC and WebDewey are registered trademarks of OCLC.

This resource is a result of a collaboration in 2003 and 2004 between the Oakland Public Library and the East Bay Learning Disabilities Association. The 88 images were created by the Oakland graphic arts firm Shelby Designs & Illustrates.

Artwork is © Shelby Designs & Illustrates. Contact Lynne Cutler, Disability Services Advocate, Oakland Public Library, with any questions.

Many thanks to OCLC and to Oakland (CA) Public Library for making the images freely available. 

The project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.