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Physics Library

The Physics Library is a branch library of the University of Delaware Library, and serves students, faculty and staff in Physics and related disciplines. Located at 221 Sharp Laboratory at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, the Library provides a specialized collection of several thousand books, reference materials in physics and related disciplines as well as access to all electronic resources, e-journals and databases provided by the University of Delaware Library. The Physics Library also provides reference and electronic access to course materials and homework solutions for physics and related courses at the University of Delaware. Seating is available for 34 users, including a 6-station computer workspace with access to the Internet, electronic resources, applications software, and programs needed in physics and related courses. Wireless LAN and AC outlets are available for laptop connections in the Library.

Library Services

  • Ask a Librarian- online reference service-- including AskRef email reference, AskRef Live! chat reference, the new AskRef IM and more.

  • Collection: The collection of approximately 2000 books and reference volumes includes the following subjects: astrophysics, elementary particle physics, condensed matter physics, theoretical nonlinear physics and relativity, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, and fluid and plasma physics. There are a small number of print copies of journals in the physical sciences, and access to many more electronic journals via the Web.

  • Course Reserves: The Physics Library provides course reserves of materials in the Physics Library provided by faculty and instructors for class use. Please bring reserve materials to the service desk in the Physics Library.

  • Electronic Reserves: The Reserve staff of the Access Services Department in the Morris Library will scan and provide access to reserve materials for faculty who wish to provide electronic reserve materials to students online. Please consult Electronic Reserve: Information for Faculty and Instructors at http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/reserve/semester.html

  • Instructional and Collection Development Services: Faculty and instructors who wish to recommend items for the collection, or have a librarian provide an instructional session to a class or group related to library resources and databases, please contact William Simpson, Associate Librarian, Reference and Instructional Services Department.

  • Interlibrary Loan: request materials not owned by the University of Delaware Library.

  • Online library service forms

  • Other library services

Physics Lecture Demonstration Search

The Physics Department provides equipment for demonstrations that are searchable through DELCAT and may be checked out at the Physics Library service desk. To search the equipment involved go to DELCAT.

The demonstrations may also be searched from the Physics Lecture Demonstrations web.


Quiet Zone

The library is a Quiet Study Zone, and food is not allowed. To provide the best study environment, only beverages with lids are allowed in the Library. All users are requested to remember that cell phone use may disturb others.

Susan Borst
Library Assistant III
phone 831-2323

William Simpson
Associate Librarian
Library Liaison,
Collection Development and Instruction
phone 831-0188

Branch Libraries Coordinator
Fritz Getze, Associate Librarian
phone 831-8873

Hours & Location

Call 831-2665

Regular Semester Hours

Mon.–Thur. 8 am-10 pm
Fri. 8 am-5 pm
Sun. 1-5 pm

Hours vary during holidays / intersessions. See Hours for details.


Electronic Reserves
Submit instructor-owned materials only to the branch Library Assistant, i.e. course syllabus, lecture notes, problem sets/solutions, and sample exams. The University of Delaware Library also offers Electronic Reserve. Click here for more information about Electronic Reserve.

Books may be checked out at the Physics Library. Please remember to bring your I.D. card, which is required for all check outs. You may access your list of materials electronically at Books I have Checked Out. A book may be recalled electronically when Delcat indicates it is checked out to another user.

Requests for Purchase
Send recommendations for new books and electronic media to Susan Borst or William Simpson, Associate Librariian, Reference and Instructional Services Department, by email, or the online form Recommendation for Library Purchase.