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The Betty & Gordon Moore Library


The Moore Library holds the University Library's working collections in mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, materials science, engineering, biological, chemical, earth and environmental sciences including relevant material received under Legal Deposit legislation.

Main Collection

The main book collection is located on the second floor (classmarks A-QA433) and first floor (classmarks QA440-Z) of the Library.

Books are shelved by the (Library of Congress) LC classification scheme, an alphanumeric system in which the major subject divisions are allocated a single or double letter code between A and Z.

The full list of subject divisions in the book collection are available here, but the main categories used in the Moore Library are:

G Geography & Environmental Sciences Ground Floor
Q General Science 2nd Floor
QA Mathematics & Computer Science 2nd & 1st Floors
QB Astronomy & Astrophysics 1st Floor
QC Physics, Geophysics & Meteorology 1st Floor
QD Chemical Sciences 1st Floor
QE Earth Sciences 1st Floor
QH-S Biological, Agricultural & Medical Sciences Ground & 1st Floors
T-TS Technology & Engineering 1st Floor

Recommended Reading

The Library maintains a Recommended Reading collection on the ground floor which aims to contain at least one copy of each book on the NatSci Reading Lists (except where these are available as e-books). Please note: This borrowable collection is marked on the library catalogues as 'Betty & Gordon Moore Library: Reserve Collection'.

Central Science & Materials Science Library Collections

Prior to amalgamation into the main book sequence, bookstock transferred from the Materials Science Library and from the former Central Science Library can be found on the ground floor.

Thesis Collection

The thesis collection can be found on the first floor, immediately after the end of the main book sequence.


Reference books (handbooks, dictionaries, etc.) and abstracts and indexes are shelved on the ground floor: such volumes are not normally borrowable.


There is a borrowable selection of quality literature which can be found on the left hand side of the ground floor next to the Break Space. Please send any enquiries and suggestions for additions to the section to Mike Aston at

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