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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 "Full text through QConnect" 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.

Find a book using the Library Catalogue

Finding printed books in the McClay Library

Use the Library Catalogue to find the books you need.

Each printed (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.


If you are based remotely or self-isolating and so are unable to borrow printed books in person, the Library can provide you with a scan of one chapter from a book or 10%, whichever is greater. Please submit your request for a scanned book chapter via the online form at the Scan and Deliver website.

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 may not have a particular book which you need, or not enough books on your topic of interest.

You can use Library Hub Discover (the combined catalogues of more than 170 major UK and Irish libraries) or WorldCat to find books on your topic of interest which are not available at Queen's.

If you identify a useful book, you may be able to 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 would like to request that the book be purchased for the Library collection. Email: