Abbreviations in the FamilySearch Catalog

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The Family History Library Catalog uses the following types of abbreviations in catalog entries:


Abbreviation Location
FHL Family History Library (35 N. West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah)
JSMB Joseph Smith Memorial Building (Salt Lake City, Utah)
VAULT Granite Mountain Records Vault (Utah). Vault films and fiche can be ordered at Family History Centers.


Abbreviation Collection
ARC Automated Resource Center (no longer used, see CD-ROM below)
BRITISH British (Family History Library, B2)
ES Extra Surveillance
FHD Family History Department
INTL International (Family History Library, B1)
RESTRICT Restricted (Family History Library, Access Services Window)
SPECIAL Special Collections (Family History Library, B1 access services window for books; Special Collections room on B2 for films)
TEMPLE Temple Services
US/CAN United States and Canada (Family History Library, main floor and second floor)


Abbreviation Shelf
Access Window Access Services Window
Atlas Stand Atlas Stand
Audio Audio
Book Book
CD-ROM CD-ROM (compact disc) 
Census Area Census Area
Civil Reg Civil Registration Fiche
Compact Disc Compact Disc
Directories Directories Storage
FAM HIST Book Family History Book (FHL Main Floor)
Fiche Fiche
Film Film
Floppy Disc Floppy Disc (no longer used)
Folio Storage Folio Storage
Large Q Book Large Q Book
Large Q Ref Large Q Reference
Lg Q Ref 2nd Large Q Reference, 2nd Floor
Lg Q Ref Main Large Q Reference, Main Floor
Lib Att Win Library Attendants' Window (now Access Services)
Map Case Map Case
Map File Map File
Pedigree File Pedigree Chart File
Q Storage Q Book Storage
Reference Reference
Ref 2nd Reference, 2nd Floor
Ref Main Reference, Main Floor
Reg Table Register Table
Book Storage Regular Book Storage
Telephone Bks Telephone Books
Video Video
Vertical File Vertical File
X Large Folio X Large Folio
XL F Ref X Large Folio Reference
XL F Ref 2nd X Large Folio Reference, 2nd Floor
XL F Ref Main X Large Folio Reference, Main Floor


Abbreviation Meaning
Stmnt.Resp. Statement of Responsibility