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Textbooks in the Library

Chemistry textbooks currently requested by instructors are available for short-term checkout at the service desk in the PMA Library.  (PMA 4.200)

Older editions of print textbooks can be found in the circulating stacks (PCL 6th floor, sections 6AA-6BB) 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?

No.  The purpose of new editions is mostly to short-circuit the used textbook market and maintain the publisher's revenue streams.  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. 

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