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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. Find them by searching the Library Catalogue (on the Library homepage).

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

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.

Reference Books

Encyclopaedias, handbooks and other reference books are shelved at the start of the book sequence on Floor 3. You can recognise them by the shelfmark which begins with R/, e.g.: R/QD - chemistry reference books, R/QDP - chemical engineering reference books.


E-books can be accessed both on and off-campus. 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.

Ebooks link

QCat and Shelf-marks - Locating books in the library

Not sure how to find a book in the McClay Library? Have a look at this short video or ask staff at one of the library's Enquiry Desks for help.


You can access e-books via the Library Catalogue, both on and off-campus. For more information, have a look at our e-book guide.

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 via the Inter-Library Loans service or email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles, if you think the book should be purchased by the Library. Email:

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.