spine label

What is spine label?

spine label meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A small typed or printed label affixed to the lower spine of a book or other bibliographic item at the time it is processed, displaying its location symbol and call number, for use in reshelving and to assist the user in retrieving the item from the shelf once the call number has been found in the library catalog. Examples can be seen in the labels section of the Gaylord catalog.Also refers to a piece of material (leather, parchment, or paper), not integral to the cover of a book, that is printed, stamped, or engraved, usually with the title, name of author, volume number, etc., and affixed to the spine, usually at the time of binding. Click here to see examples in red and green leather on late-18th-century bindings, with the title and volume numbers in gilt (Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, Florida).


reference: ABC-CLIO