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This guide is intended to help you identify and locate scholarly and non-scholarly resources (books, articles, etc.) on the subject of physics. On this guide you'll also find information on library services, research tips, career information, and more.

Online Library Catalog


You can find books and ebooks by using the search box provided above to search the Online Library Catalog. The catalog is a list of all the print resources the library has (including print books, print journals, video games, audio books, and more) and also includes a record for most of our ebooks.


How to use the Online Library Catalog  |  Search Tips

eBook Databases



The databases listed on this drop down include ebooks (some also include other types of sources like articles).


Accessing eBooks

Browse for Print Books

Books are arranged on the shelves in the library by subject. We use the Library of Congress Classification System to assign call numbers to our materials so that materials on similar topics are next to each other on the shelves and patrons and staff can easily find what they need. You need to know a book's call number in order to get it off the shelf in the library.

If you'd like to browse our shelves, use these call number ranges to find books on the subject of physics:

Physics Call Number Ranges
Call Number Range Subject
QC1 - 75 Physics (General)
QC81 - 114 Weights & Measures
QC170 - 197 Atomic Physics
QC221 - 246 Acoustics & Sound
QC251 - 319 Heat & Thermodynamics
QC350 - 467 Optics & Light
QC474 - 496.9 Radiation Physics
QC501 - 766 Electricity & Magnetism
QC770 - 798 Nuclear & Particle Physics
QC801 - 809 Geophysics & Cosmic Physics
QC811 - 849 Geomagnetism
QC851 - 999 Meteorology & Climatology

Are you an online student who can't get to the library in person? Request a print book be mailed to you!