The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of books on the sciences on the 5th floor.
You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse the books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are. This page will help you with both approaches to finding books.
If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!
Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).
The first line is read in alphabetical order.
Read the second line in numerical order.
The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.
Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.
When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.
You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!
Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching.
Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.
All of the science books are on the 5th floor and have a call number that starts with Q. Here are the ranges that will likely be most useful to those interested in physics:
QB - Astronomy
QC - Physics
QC 1-75 - General
QC 81-114 - Weights and measures
QC 120-168.85 - Descriptive and experimental mechanics
QC 170-197 - Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter
QC 221-246 - Acoustics. Sound
QC 251-338.5 - Heat
QC 350-467 - Optics. Light
QC 474-496.9 - Radiation physics (General)
QC 501-766 - Electricity and magnetism
QC 770-798 - Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
QC 801-809 - Geophysics. Cosmic physics
QC 811-849 - Geomagnetism
QC 851-999 - Meteorology. Climatology