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Physics and Astronomy

This is the Physics and Astronomy Research Guide


  • If you find the Rutgers online catalog and E-ZBorrow too limiting, consider searching WorldCat for books. Additionally, Rutgers participates in Cooperative Access Arrangements.
  • WorldCat
    A catalog of library collections from around the world
  • Cooperative Access Arrangements
    Receive on-site and/or borrowing privileges at academic institutions

Interested in browsing the shelves?

If you are interested in browsing the shelves of the library for books, keep in mind the Library of Congress classification system:

Section of Library Topic
QB Astronomy
QC Physics
QC 251-338.5 Heat
QC 350-467 Optics. Light
QC 450-467 Spectroscopy
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 including the Earth's atmosphere


What if the book is located at another Rutgers library?

If the book you want is not available in your library, but is available through another Rutgers library, you can have it delivered to you at your library, free of charge:

  1. From within the QuickSearch system, search for the book.
  2. Sign in to view request options, then click the Request Item button. 
  3. For Pickup Location, select your preferred library - or choose Personal Delivery to your Home Address.

What if Rutgers doesn't own the book you want?

If Rutgers University Libraries does not own or subscribe to the book you want (or it's already been checked out by someone else), see if it is available through E-ZBorrow.  If not, see if it is available through UBorrow.  If you are unsuccessful in finding the book in either system, request it via Interlibrary Loan.

Selected Reference Books

Reference books such as encyclopedias are a great place to do some preliminary research.  You can get a good overview about your topic, perhaps narrow down your topic if it was too broad before, and most importantly, identify search terms to use when you begin your search for books and/or articles.

Here are some PRINT reference works. For items in the Libraries Annex, request Book Delivery by signing into your library account. Reference items can circulate for 2-4 days with special permission. Please inquire at the circulation desk, or e-mail me at


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