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Research Guides

Physics: Books

A guide to physics resources available at the University of Idaho Library

Where to go in the Library

Library, Floor 3

Finding books at the UI Library

Search for books using the library catalog.

Books are located on the 4th (A-G), 3rd (H-S), and 2nd (T-Z) floors organized by the Library of Congress Classification system.

Call Number Areas to Browse in Physics:


Call # Areas

General Physics

QC 1-19

Mathematical Physics

QC 19-75

Weights & Measures

QC 81-114

Descriptive & Experimental Mechanics

QC 120-169

Atomic Physics

QC 170-220

Acoustics & Sound

QC 221-246


QC 251-338

Optics & Light

QC 350-467

Radiation Physics

QC 474-496

Electricity & Magnetism

QC 501-766

Nuclear & Particle Physics

QC 770-798

Geophysics & Cosmic Physics

QC 801-809


QC 811-849

Meteorology & Climatology

QC 851-999


QB 1-999

Joe Vandal Finds a Book

Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If you need a book that's not available at the UI Library, use the library's free Interlibrary Loan service or Summit to request it.

The first time you use the Interlibrary Loan service, click on "First Time Users Click Here!" to register. You can also request articles and other research materials through Interlibrary Loan.

  1. Locate the book you would like to request using the library catalog
  2. If the book is not available, or checked out in UI and Summit, click on "Request item"
  3. Enter your user name (the barcode located on the back of your Vandal Card) and password (self selected during ILL registration)
  4. Verify book request to make sure all necessary fields are complete, and submit
  5. A record of the request should appear on your ILL account page