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Science & Technology: Books & eBooks

Access during COVID-19

If you need to borrow a book (or other item) from the science library while the libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact or call 440-775-8310.  We may be able to arrange a way to get materials to you.


Search OBIS

Find books, e-books, videos, scores, and recordings at Oberlin by title, author, subject, keyword, or other options. 


Can't find a book at Oberlin? Find and request materials held at 120 OhioLINK libraries. Requested items are delivered to the circulation desk on the first floor of Mudd Center, typically within 3-5 business days. The OhioLINK catalog describes over 46 million items, including books, periodicals, maps, music scores and audiovisual materials.  

InterLibrary Loan

Can't find what you need?  For books, try OhioLINK. For books not available through OhioLINK and for other types of materials, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  ILL lets you borrow materials from non-OhioLINK libraries, including print books, scanned journal articles, musical scores, videos, theses/dissertations, and more. 

Contact with questions.

Reading Call Numbers

There are two major call number systems used in the libraries: the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. The first line of a call number, as it appears on a physical item, is a broad subject classification. The subsequent lines are combinations of letters and numbers that organize items into narrower, related categories.

Library of Congress  Dewey Decimal
Q   Alphabetically 
‚Äč181  Whole number
500.2  Whole number, followed by decimal
D525  Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
.K 868P  Alphabetically, then decimals 
2020  Publication Date, shelves chronologically e.g., 500.2 K868P shelves before 500.2 K87H  

See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.

Recent Additions to the Library


In addition to the print books in the science library, there are thousands of e-books accessible through in OBIS.  Just click on the ebooks tab to limit your search to books accessible online, in electronic or digital format.