Skip to main content


A Guide to Physics Resources available at the University of Chicago Library

Searching the Library Collection

To find print books and e-books (and much more) provided by the Library, search the Library Catalog:



All E-books purchased by the library are loaded into the library catalog and available as links from there.  However they are available more quickly directly from the publishers' sites.  Below are the most relevant ebook sites for physics:

Springer Electronic Books
Full text of most titles published from 2005 to present. Includes a large number of chemistry books and book series.

Collection of science and engineering reference books with interactive tables, graphs, and equations.Access to an aggregated collection of online full-text books from a variety of science/technology publishers. This resource is enhanced with interactive tables, graphs, and equations. Covers subject qreas of chemistry, materials science, chemical safety, life sciences, food science, and engineering. Basic keyword and advanced fielded searching is available.

Google Book Search
Search full text of books. If a book is out of copyright, or Google has obtained permission from the publisher or rightsholder, you will be able to page through the entire book. If a book is still under copyright, you may see a limited or snippet view of the full text. For any copyrighted title, search the Library's online catalog to determine if we own it.


More information is available on the Science Libraries E-Books information page

Can't Find the Book You Wanted?

Use the "Can't Find It? link in the catalog record to place a request for staff to search for the book

Ask the Library to purchase a copy of the book

Requesting books and media from other libraries using interlibrary loan service

TIP:  WorldCat  is a useful resource for identifying books that are not in the University of Chicago Library

Proquest Digital Dissertations is a resource listing dissertations from US and Canada.  Some dissertations are available for full text download.

Used/antiquarian book sources on the web:

Contact Information

Jennifer Hart
Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Physics
Crerar Library Room 130
Send Email