A good way to find out whether the details you seek are located in a book. Search previews of books and some full text of out-of-copyright titles; search terms are highlighted in results.
Most Physics books in the UC Library are shelved in the QC section of the EPS Library . The Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System for classification and shelving. Consider also Astronomy (QB).
|81–114||Weights and Measures|
|120–168.85||Descriptive and Experimental Mechanics|
|170–197||Atomic Physics, Constitution and Properties of Matter (including molecular physics, relativity, quantum theory, and solid state physics)|
|474–496.9||General Radiation Physics|
|501–766||Electricity and Magnetism|
|676–678.6||Radio Waves (Theory)|
|717.6–718.8||Plasma Physics, Ionized Gasses|
|770–798||Nuclear and Particle Physics, Atomic Energy, Radioactivity|
|793–793.5||Elementary Particle Physics|
|794.95–798||Radioactivity and Radioactive Substances|
|851–999||Meteorology, Climatology (including the earth's atmosphere)|
|871–874.8||Technique, Instructions for Observers|
|879.57||Handbooks, Tables, Formulas, etc.|
|879.59||Observations, Data Summaries|
|901–913.2||Temperature and Radiation|
|924–926.2||Rain and Rainfall|
|960.5–969||Electrical Phenomena in the Atmosphere|
|972.6–973.8||Radio Meteorology, Microwave Meteorology|
|980–999||Climatology and Weather|
|993.83–994.9||Ocean Areas, Maritime Meteorology|
To find a book on the Library shelves you will need to know its call number. Call numbers are printed on the spine of the book and are also listed in the Library Catalogue. They tell you where the book is located in the library.
The University of Canterbury library, like most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classification system. In this system, the call numbers start with letters of the alphabet.
Read the call number line by line:
This diagram explains how Library of Congress call numbers work on the library shelves:
(This image was produced by librarians at the University of Maryland Libraries (User Education Services), College Park, MD.)