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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Borrowing From Other Libraries

If the Queen's Library does not own a book that interests you, you can request it through RACER, our interlibrary loan system, or recommend it for purchase.

Queen's students and faculty may borrow books from other Ontario libraries. See our "Reciprocal Borrowing" guide for details.

New Books

Finding Books and E-books in Omni

Use Omni to find books, e-books, proceedings, and other materials located at Queen's and beyond.


Browsing the Stacks

Books about astronomy and astrophysics are located in the QB section in the basement stacks of Douglas Library.

  • General astronomy - QB1-139
  • Practical and spherical astronomy - QB140-237
  • Geodesy - QB275-343
  • Theoretical astronomy and celestial mechanics - QB349-421
  • Astrogeology - QB455-456
  • Astrophysics - QB460-466
  • Non-optical methods of astronomy - QB468-480
  • Descriptive astronomy - QB495-903
  • Solar system - QB500.5-785
  • Stars - QB799-903
  • Cosmogony - QB980-991

Oversized books are shelved in the Folio section.


The Library has a large and growing collection of e-books. 

Conference Proceedings

AIP Conference Proceedings
The Library owns various print volumes in the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Check Omni for holdings. AIP conference papers are indexed in Academic Search Complete, ADS system, Inspec, and Web of Science.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series
The Library has ASP Conference Series volumes from 1988 through 2015. Individual print volumes, 1988-2010, are catalogued throughout the QB section. Electronic volumes are available from 2012 through 2015. ASP conference papers are indexed in the ADS system and Web of Science. Full-text papers are available in the ADS system.

Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 
The Library subscribes to the IAU proceedings from 2004 forward. IAU proceedings papers published from 1955 through 2008 are also available via the ADS system. IAU papers are indexed in the ADS system and Web of Science. This series includes the IAU Transactions A and B, Symposia, and Highlights of Astronomy.