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Textbooks in the Library

Texts currently being used for courses are available for short-term checkout at the Reserves Desk. 

NOTE:  While the Mallet Library is closed for construction, chemistry textbook reserves are currently located in the PMA Library, RLM 4.300. The general book collection is located on the 6th floor of PCL, in sections 6AA-6BB.

Older editions of print textbooks can be found in the circulating stacks and are available for regular checkout.  You can search in the Catalog for specific authors/titles, or browse in the stacks in these general call number areas:

  • General Chemistry:  QD 31-33
  • Organic Chemistry:  QD 251-258
  • Inorganic Chemistry:  QD 151
  • Physical Chemistry:  QD 453
  • Analytical Chemistry:  QD 75 (general); QD 101 (Quantitative)

Do chemistry textbooks change much from edition to edition?

Not really.  Most of the concepts described in textbooks have been well known for decades, and publishers typically change very little as they issue new editions every few years.  Unless your classwork involves specific problem sets, there's nothing wrong with using an older edition.

Does the library offer e-textbooks?

Generally not, because publishers won't sell e-textbooks to libraries in the same way they sell regular e-books and monographs.  They want to sell them to you instead.

Open Educational Resources in Chemistry

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