Don’t Want To Ask? A Quick Guide to Tough Topics!

research question pictureThe Dewey Decimal System is a mystery to many outside the world of libraries and publishing. When you need information on something you might not want everyone to know about, sometimes it can be hard to ask for help. I saw that a Sacramento library had created a bookmarks with the Dewey Decimal numbers for some hard to ask about topics for teens, and I thought it was brilliant. It inspired me to do my part to help people find the books they need on topics they might not want everyone to know they were looking for.

Legal difficulties, mental or physical health problems, self help resourcesbullying, relationship issues, and so on are things that you might want to research but might not want to stop and ask a librarian about, or know how to find via the digital catalog. So, I have looked at some of the tough topics, and some happy ones that people might not want to go public with quite yet, to help you find the books that you need. I have linked each of the listings below to the relevant search in the catalog to make placing holds or checking availability even easier.

All of these nonfiction materials are on the lower level, and if you are looking for books on these topics for teens or children they will be shelved in the children’s room with the same call numbers. If you cannot find it, don’t be afraid to ask or to place a hold for the materials with staff, or by yourself via the catalog. We have seen it all. Seriously, we do not judge you by the books you check out and are more than happy to help you find the resources you need.

researchIf you really don’t want anyone to know what you are checking out, there are a few additional assurances I can offer you. If you use the self check out machines, we will have no idea what you have checked out. Also, we won’t tell anyone what you have checked out unless you give them your card. Anything that you check out and return with no fines leaves your record completely. There is no way for us to see, or tell anyone else, your borrowing history. Don’t be afraid to research and find the answers you need!

More importantly, if you need help more urgently than research can offer, please take a moment and reach out for it. Some important help can be found over the internet or via the phone.  There are help hotlines for just about everything, when you do not know who to talk to for help, dialing 211 can connect you to local services you might need. This includes utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention (including suicide and abuse) and much more. The related 211 website also offers an eLibrary with specific information on a variety of topics.

Abortion ~ 363.46

Alzheimer’s ~ 616.831

Cancer ~  616.994

Hair Loss ~ 616.546

HIV / AIDS ~ 616.9792

Infertility – 616.692 or 618.39

Miscarriage ~ 618.392

Pregnancy ~ 618.2

Puberty ~ 613.043 or 612.66

Sexual Health ~ 613 or 306.7


Bipolar Disorder ~ 616.895

Bullying ~ 303.69

Child Abuse ~ 362.76

Depression ~ 616.8527

Domestic Violence ~ 362.82

Loss of a Child ~ 155.9

Loss of a Parent ~ 306.874 or 155.9

Mental Illness ~ 616.89

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ 616.8521

Sexual Abuse ~ 362.7

Substance Abuse ~ 362.29 or 616.86

Suicide ~ 362.28


Adoption ~ 362.734

Bankruptcy ~ 346.7307

Child Custody ~ 343.7301

Divorce ~ 306.89 or 346.7

Estate Planning and Living Will ~ 346.7305

Foreclosure ~ 346.73

Hospice Care ~ 362.1

Personal Finance ~ 332

Wedding Planning ~ 395.22


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