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Astronomy: Books & Reserves

This guide is intended to provide a starting point for your research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Featured Print Books

Suggest a Purchase

We welcome suggestions for new books from all UToledo students, faculty and staff.  Click here to recommend a book title for purchase. 

Please note that it may take several weeks for a recommendation to be ordered and processed. If you need the item sooner, you may want to borrow it through OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan.

Searching for Books

Use the online catalog to find print and electronic books on astronomy and astrophysics in UToledo Libraries. A keyword search will look for the words you specify in various fields including titles, authors, subject headings, and contents notes.

There are two versions of the catalog you can search.

Locating Print Books

Carlson Library uses the alphanumeric Library of Congress Classification System for shelving print books.  Astronomy books usually have call numbers that start with QB.  Topical call number ranges are:

          QB 1-139              General astronomy
          QB 140-237          Practical and spherical astronomy
          QB 275-343          Geodesy
          QB 349-421          Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics
          QB 455-456          Astrogeology
          QB 460-466          Astrophysics
          QB 468-480          Non-optical methods of astronomy
          QB 495-903          Descriptive astronomy
          QB 500.5-785       Solar system
          QB 799-903          Stars
          QB 980-991          Cosmogony. Cosmology.

Except for course reserves, all Carlson Library books that can be checked out are on the 4th floor.  Follow the appropriate aisle signage to help you locate a specific QB astronomy book on the shelf or to browse call number ranges of interest.

Search OhioLINK

In addition to books in all UToledo libraries, you also have access to books in OhioLINK partner libraries. You can start your search directly in the OhioLINK Central Catalog using the box below. You can also connect to the OhioLINK catalog after performing a search in the UToledo Catalog or UTMOST.

Click here for additional information about borrowing OhioLINK books.

Finding Course Reserves

Course reserves are materials that have been selected by your professors and made available to you through UToledo Libraries. These materials may include textbooks, study guides, practice exams, supplemental readings, and style manuals.  Some of the items may be in digital format.

Use the box below to search for course reserves by professor name or course number.

Can't Find It?

If you can't find the book you want at UToledo or in OhioLINK, we can try to borrow it from another library. Click here for more information on our interlibrary loan service

To proceed placing your request, use the links below.

Featured E-Books

E-Book Collections

In addition to the UToledo catalog, you can also search or browse for e-books on astronomy and astrophysics in these collections.

Your Subject Specialist

Office: Carlson Library, 3009A
Phone: 419.530.7984