I am a visitor from UCLA and commend you on your fine library. But the stacks are hard to use. Why not put letters (ie Allergy) on the shelf ends and the call numbers! Also, I never did find Jama – is it under J or A? No one wants to go to the computer to look up the location of a minimally used title.
Call numbers are a pain – there has been a move by a few libraries to move away from them and arrange their collection like a bookstore. We haven’t gone that direction (yet) as call numbers are useful in distinguishing very fine graduations in subjects. Moreover, much of our collection is so wide-ranging that it would difficult to succinctly list its contents on the shelf ends – one stretch of shelving here, for example, covers viral diseases, nutrition, plant poisons, naval medicine and reference works on the muskuloskeletal system. A summary at the end of the shelf wouldn’t make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
As for looking materials up in the computer catalog – don’t hesitate to ask us to do it for you at the front desk. Lots of our regular customers do so, so we’ve gotten pretty good at it.