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The Science Library has closed permanently
How do I access journals and books?
- Print books and journals are located in Daley Library on the 3rd floor. The science reference collection has been merged with the Daley reference collection on Daley 2nd floor.
- Some Science Library journals are now available at the Library of the Health Sciences. An electronic copy can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.
- Science Reserves are available at the Reserve Desk at Daley Library.
Access to computers, study space, and library expertise
- LAS will convert space near the Science Learning Center in SES
to replace computer access and study space that was lost when the
Science Library closed. The space will be renovated in the coming months.
- The Science Librarian will spend part of his time in this new space and be available to consult with students and faculty as needed. If you need help now contact the Library Reference desk at 312-996-2726 or visit in person at the IDEA Commons in Deley Library.
- The new Daley IDEA Commons opened in November 2011, with enhanced access to computers and experts for 127 hours per week in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
Why was Science Library closed?
- The University Library will save money needed for collections and services, and the science departments of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences need to add space.
- Well over 90% of Library collections money for biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, physics, math, and engineering – nearly $2.6 million in FY2011 – now is devoted to purchasing electronic resources
- The great majority of journals already are available online; LAS and the Library are working together to expand online access to older journals. Online backfiles for Nature, Springer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier Physics, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Physics, and Wiley/Blackwell have been purchased.
- The majority of newly purchased books are in electronic, not print, form and can be accessed through the library catalog.
Research and Subject Guides
- Beilstein/Gmelin - Now called Reaxys - see databases A-Z list
- SciFinder Scholar - Now called SciFinder Scholar Web - see databases A-Z list