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Chemistry collection policy

Liaison librarian

  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765

Subject scope

The Department of Chemistry offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.Sc), Masters (M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels. Undergraduate level chemistry is required by most science and health science programs at McGill.

The scope of chemistry collection development at Schulich Library includes all fundamental areas of chemistry. The aim is to support a research level collection in the areas of organic, inorganic, theoretical, physical, and analytical chemistry. Research themes in this department are interdisciplinary and are classified as follows:

Some research centres of importance to this department include the Pulp and Paper Research Centre, Polymer McGill, McGill Institute for Advanced Materials, McGill Nanotools Facility, and the Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS).

Emerging areas of chemistry vital to current research include:

  • nanoscience/nanomaterials
  • advanced or "new" materials
  • biorganic and bioinorganic chemistry
  • computational chemistry

Collection development

General collection guidelines


English is preferred. Works published in a language other than English will be acquired if the author or the content is of sufficient importance.

Chronological Coverage

Current monographic titles are purchased. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of older materials thanks to the age of the collection and the department at McGill.

Geographical Coverage

No restriction.

McGill resources

The Life Sciences Library collects most pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, radiology, and other medical applications of chemistry.

Macdonald Campus Library collects in the area of agricultural and food science chemistry.

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Collection levels

Definition of the collection levels employed by McGill University Library

LC Classification Description Collection level
QD1 - QD50 General; Study & teaching 3a
QD51 - QD70 Laboratories, instruments, techniques, formulas 3b
QD71 - QD145 Analytical chemistry
e.g. chromatography, spectroscopy, spectrum analysis, etc.
QD146 - QD240 Inorganic chemistry
e.g. transition metals, synthesis (inorganic), etc.
QD241 - QD449 Organic chemistry
e.g. organometallic chemistry, synthesis (organic), polymers, biochemistry (proteins, peptides, nucleic acids), etc.
QD450 - QD801 Physical and theoretical chemistry
e.g. surface chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, solution chemistry, solid state chemistry, etc.
QD901 - QD999 Crystallography 3b
RM & RS Pharmacology 2
TP156 P6 Polymerization (Chemical engineering) 3b
TP1080 Polymers and polymer manufacture 3b

Last updated: April 2009

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