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Chemistry & Chemical Engineering: Books / E-books

Finding relevant books and e-books

QUB library holds thousands of books and e-books on chemistry, chemical engineering and related subjects. Most can be found by searching the Library catalogue. Many additional e-books are also available via the O'Reilly platform (see further information in this guide).

Most chemistry and chemical engineering books are shelved on Floor 3 of the McClay Library.

Relevant shelfmarks start with QD (chemistry) and QDP (chemical engineering). Some books in other areas may also be useful, such as TD (environmental chemistry).

Short Loan: Books which are on module reading lists and in high demand are kept in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor of the McClay Library.

E-books can be accessed both on campus and from home. Find the required book on the Library catalogue and follow the "Queen's Online Resource (Queen's Staff and Students Only)" link. You may be asked to log in with your QUB ID card details.

For more information on finding and accessing e-books, please have a look at our e-book guide.

Finding books on the library catalogue

Finding print books in the McClay Library

Use the Library Catalogue to find the books you need.

Each print (i.e. hardcopy) book has a shelfmark consisting of letters and numbers. The shelfmark tells you where to find the book on the shelf. Shelfmarks are also used to group books together by topic. So, when you fetch a book from the shelf, you may find other books on the same topic shelved beside it.

This diagram shows how to read a shelfmark.


O'Reilly for Higher Eduction e-books

The O'Reilly platform provides access to additional e-books which are not currently listed on the library catalogue. While O'Reilly are best known for books on computing, the collection also includes thousands of books on engineering and science. For help with finding and accessing e-books on the O'Reilly platform, check this guide.

Popular e-books on the O'Reilly platform include:

Elements of chemical reaction engineering, 6th edition

Basic principles and calculations in chemical engineering, 8th edition

Principles of colloid and surface chemistry, 3rd edition

Sign in to the O'Reilly platform to find more e-books.

Recommend a book / e-book

If the library doesn't hold a book or e-book, which you would like to read - or there are not enough copies - please let your subject librarian know. 

Fill in the online book suggestion form or email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles (email:

Your subject librarian will consider every book / e-book purchase suggestion and, if appropriate, the book will be ordered for the library. We will keep you informed about the outcome of your book suggestion.

Finding a wider range of books using other library catalogues

Sometimes QUB Library will not have a particular book you need, or enough books on your topic.

You can use Library Hub Discover (the combined catalogues of more than 140 major UK and Irish libraries) or WorldCat to identify relevant books which are not available at Queen's.

If you identify a useful book, you can request a temporary loan of the book from another library via the Inter-Library Loans service Alternatively, email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles, if you think the book should be purchased for QUB Library. Email: