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The Betty & Gordon Moore Library is currently offering an expanded range of online support services and new ways you can access our collections to help you learn, teach and research.

See individual zero contact services web pages for variations in availability. Please be aware that, due to the current lockdown restrictions, all services will be subject to change, possibly, at short notice and some services may have to be suspended. 

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, first and ground floors 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 2nd 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 1st Floor
T-TS Technology & Engineering 1st & Ground Floors

Reading List materials & recommended reading

The Library aims to purchase at least one borrowable copy of books on the current NatSci Reading Lists (except where these are available as e-books) and supplements these with academic staff-recommended reading. Please note: These materials are marked on the library catalogues as 'Betty & Gordon Moore Library: Reserve Collection' and are integrated into the main book collection on the second, first and ground floors.

Materials Science Library books

Bookstock transferred from the Materials Science Library can be found on the ground floor.


The thesis collection can be found on the lower ground floor, immediately after the end of the main journal sequence.

Reference books

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 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

New books

A regularly-updated list of our new books can be viewed below or by visiting our LibraryThing account. These titles will now form part of our main book collection. To find the shelf location, please use iDiscover to search for the classmark.



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