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Textbooks in the Library

Current editions of many chemistry textbooks are available for short-term checkout at the Reserves Desk in the PMA Library. 

NOTE:  Chemistry textbook reserves are currently located in the PMA Library, PMA 4.300. The circulating 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 very much.  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 provide e-textbooks?

Generally not.  Most publishers don't offer electronic versions of traditional textbooks to libraries in the same way they sell regular e-books and monographs.  They want to sell them directly to you instead. 

Open Educational Resources in Chemistry

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