LoC classification

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To add books to Genre lists, determine the appropriate genre/subject (see below), go to that page, edit, copy a listing to the alphabetically appropriate spot and paste the projectID number from your book's Project Page into the listing formula - if the book has been posted, you need to change the ebook number too. If the title is annotated e.g. {{P1->P1}} cut and paste title from edit preview.


Project Gutenberg uses Library of Congress classification for its subject cataloging. Such as on the Search by subject page. Each ebook has a bibrec (bibliographic record) which lists the genre and subject. PG needs help updating these.

This corresponds to DP's Genre field in Project Search (accessed from the Activity Hub). To determine the genre as per LoC classification, follow PG guidelines, but if the book you are working on hasn't been classified, pick something appropriate from LoCC or the list below -


LoC genre list

  • abstract or summary
  • article
  • atlas
  • autobiography 
  • bibliography
  • biography
  • book 
  • catalog
  • comic or graphic novel 
  • comic strip
  • dictionary
  • directory
  • drama
  • encyclopedia
  • essay
  • fiction
  • folktale 
  • government publication 
  • handbook
  • history 
  • hymnal
  • humor, satire
  • index
  • instruction 
  • interview 
  • issue
  • journal
  • legal article
  • legislation
  • letter 
  • memoir 
  • multivolume monograph
  • newspaper
  • novel 
  • patent
  • periodical
  • poetry 
  • report
  • review
  • script
  • series
  • short story
  • speech
  • technical report
  • thesis
  • treaty
  • yearbook

LoC subject index

from Itsmarc.com

A General works

    1. Collected works
    2. Encyclopedias
    3. Dictionaries
      • General reference
    4. Indexes
    5. Museums
    6. Newspapers
    7. Periodicals
    8. Learned societies
    9. Yearbooks
      • Almanacs
    10. History of learning

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

    1. Philosophy
    2. Psychology
    3. Ethics
    4. Etiquette
    5. Religions
      • Hinduism
      • Judaism
      • Islam
      • Buddhism
      • Christianity
      • Bible
      • Christian Denominations

C Auxiliary Sciences of History

    1. History of civilization
    2. Archaeology
    3. Calendar
    4. Heraldry
    5. Genealogy
    6. Biography
  • D, E, F History (by continent)
    1. Gypsies

G Geography

H Social sciences

    1. Statistics, census
    2. Economics, economic history
    3. Transportation and communication
    4. Sociology
    5. The family, marriage, women
      • sexual life, erotica, child study, eugenics, life skills
    6. Societies
    7. Communities, classes, races
    8. Social pathology, social and public welfare, criminology
    9. Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

J Political Science

K Law

L Education

    1. Schools
    2. General textbooks

M Music and Books on Music

N Fine arts

    1. Visual arts
    2. Architecture
    3. Drawing, design, illustration
    4. Applied arts
      • arts & crafts, interior decoration, pottery, costume, glass, metalwork, woodwork

P Language and Literature

Q Science

R Medicine

    1. Public health and hygiene
    2. First aid
    3. Diet

S Agriculture

    1. Conservation For wildlife conservation, see Q; for marine resources conservation, see S; for mineral resources conservation, see T
    2. Plant culture
    3. Forestry
    4. Animal culture
      • Veterinary medicine
    5. Aquaculture
    6. Hunting & fishing

T Technology

    1. Industrial safety
    2. Patents, trademarks
    3. Industrial engineering
    4. Mechanical drawing, engineering graphics
    5. Civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, sanitary engineering
    6. Roads, railroads and bridges
    7. Building construction
      • masonry, carpentry, metalwork
    8. Mechanical engineering and machinery
      • steam, metal shop, agricultural
    9. Electrical, electronics
    10. Mining, metallurgy
    11. Chemical engineering
      • fuel, food processing, refrigeration, fermentation, clay, glass, cement, textile dying, pigment manufacture, plastic manufacture
    12. Photography
    13. Manufactures
      • production management, packaging, metal, wood, leather, paper, textile, rubber, animal products, milling
    14. Handcrafts
      • manual training, woodwork, metalwork, painting, dressmaking, needlework, hairdressing, laundrywork
    15. Home economics
      • The house, nutrition, food supply, cookery

U Military Science

V Naval Science

Z Bibliography. Library Science

    1. Writing, Printing, Publishing
    2. Copyright, censorship