Books, Journals, and Reserves in Print at the Chemistry Library

Finding and Locating Materials in the Collection
Use IUCAT, the computerized catalog of holdings for all of the Indiana University Libraries, to determine whether material is located in the Chemistry Library. Searches can be performed by author, title, periodical title, series, subject, or keyword. Please consult with a library staff if you have any questions about the availability of materials.

Circulating Books
Books, monographs, textbooks, and other materials are found in the stacks.

Reserves in Print
Reserve books and materials are kept on the shelves behind the Circulation Desk. Materials on reserve are marked with a red dot near the call number to separate them from the circulating books. There are materials on reserve for chemistry courses (these will vary from semester to semester) and there are books kept on reserve for reference that stay permanently on reserve.   

The red reserves notebook kept on the circulation desk lists all course reserves for the current semester.  IUCAT will also lists all of the items on reserve in the Chemistry Library or as well as the other libraries on campus.
Reserve items are normally to be used only in the library or adjacent areas such as C006 or C046.

The circulation period for reserves is two (2) hours and the overdue charge is $1.20/hour.
Reserve items must be renewed in person and not by phone or e-mail.  Reserve items may not be kept overnight.
You must show a valid picture ID to take any reserve item from the circulation desk.

Placing Materials on Reserve (for instructors):
To place print materials on reserve, instructors may come to the library and fill out a request form, or contact Tiea Julian at 812-855-9452 or by email.

Reference Materials
Reference materials are the books, encyclopedias, journals, and other items kept in the Reference Area. All reference materials have a yellow dot on them near the call number. The Reference Area materials, including abstracting and indexing journals, are arranged by call number.

Dissertations / Theses
The best way to discover our PhD dissertations is in the Proquest Dissertations Database and most will be full-text online.  For print copies:  Dissertations and theses written by master's and doctoral students are not physically housed in the Chemistry Library. There are circulating copies of dissertations and theses in the Auxiliary Library Facility (B-ALF) or in the Wells Library Research Collections. Most chemistry dissertations and theses have QD1000 as the call number.  B-ALF) is an off-site Bloomington Library storage location. Materials at this location will be delivered to a Bloomington Library of your choice. A "Request this item" link appears next to every item owned by B-ALF. Circulating items from the Wells Library may be requested via "Request Delivery" through IUCAT.

Review serials are publications which usually appear annually to survey the progress in different areas of chemistry. They are shelved with the circulating books if they come to us bound and with the Bound Journal Collection if they are received as unbound separate issues.

How to find out what review serials are in the collection

  1. Check the title in IUCAT
  2. Search IUCAT using a keyword search. For example, chemistry and (review or reviews or advances or progress or annual), selecting Blmgtn--Chemistry Library (B-CHEM) as the library.

Finding title of review serials that may not be in the IU Libraries Collection
Consult the book Chemical Information Sources by Gary Wiggins (Chemistry Library Reserves QD8.5 .W54 1991) for the tables 9.7 (analytical chemistry), 10.10 (physical chemistry), 11.12 (organic, inorganic, and biochemistry).