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Finding Books

Search the CLIO Catalog, the online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries. 

Books titles (as well as many other types of material) can be found in the CLIO Catalog.  CLIO includes Barnard Library, but not Teachers College Library or the Law Library.

  • If the book isn't available in CLIO, use Borrow Direct/Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request it.
  • WorldCat is useful for finding books located in other libraries.
  • Search Google Books and use "Get this book in print - Find in a library" to find libraries that have the book you're interested in.

Call Numbers for Chemistry

In the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, the library and our collection of 150,000 books are housed on on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.

Browsing the stacks to find books can be a good way of finding sources.  Most of the libraries in the Columbia system use Library of Congress (LC) call numbers.  A book's call number is based on the first subject heading listed in the book record in the CLIO Catalog.

Each library has a call number guide to tell you where each call number is located, which is shown in the CLIO Catalog and displayed in the library.

These are the LC call numbers for chemistry:

  • QD1-999 – Chemistry
  • QD71-142 – Analytical chemistry
  • QD146-197 – Inorganic chemistry
  • QD241-441 – Organic chemistry
  • QD415-436 – Biochemistry
  • QD450-801 – Physical and theoretical chemistry
  • QD901-999 – Crystallography
  • TP155-945 – Chemical engineering, manufacture, and industries
  • TP1080-1185 – Polymers and polymer manufacture