Chemistry Library


Chemistry LibraryIt is rumored that in the late 1800s, chemistry students began the first departmental library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign when they began borrowing frequently used books from the Main Library across campus and storing them in the Balance Room of what is now Harker Hall.

The Chemistry Library now serves the disciplines of chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. Its collections, containing more than 70,000 volumes, more than 800 serial titles, and nearly 1,000 subscriptions to online journals, are considered among the best in the country. Of particular interest are serial holdings that include long runs of journals in every field of chemistry, including many German titles dating back to the 1800s.