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Space Sciences: Finding Space Sciences Books

Reference Books

Located on the 1st  floor of the Mary & John Gray Library

Finding Space Sciences Books at the Mary & John Gray Library

Books on Space Sciences can be found in the QB call number range.  These call numbers are found on the first floor of the library (for reference books) and on the fourth (these can be borrowed). Each book in the catalog has a location and call number. Use these to find the book in the library.

The primary call number ranges for Space Sciences are:

QB1 - 139 - General Astronomy

QB140-237 - Practical and Spherical Astronomy

QB455-456 - Astrogeology

QB460-466 - Astrophysics

Gray Library Catalog

Searching the Catalog

Our catalog is located on our main webpage:

Search for words and phrases related to your research topic. Depending on how broad or narrow your topic is, use different searches for better results. Choose the different searches from the pull-down list beside the search box.


  • Use subject for broad topics such as gun control or inorganic chemistry. A subject search produces a list of subject headings and subheadings. You can use the previous and next buttons to browse up and down the list of headings.

Subject keyword

  • Use subject keyword to search for one or two terms—especially if one term is geographical or historical—such as gun control europe or 17th century literature. A subject keyword search matches your terms against subject headings and sub-headings.


  • Use keyword to search for topics with several search terms or those that overlap subject areas.

The subject searches focus on subject headings. Keyword matches terms against titles, authors, subjects, table of contents, and other information. Keyword is looser than the subject searches but it will work for terms not found in the subject headings.

You can also use operators with the keyword search.

If a book has online in the call number and electronic resource noted in the title, it is an e-book. Each e-book has a URL link near the right side of the screen. That link will take you to the e-book.

E-books are duplications of printed books, so the content is consistent page-by-page with the print edition.

How to Find Books 1 - Basic Searches

How to Read Call Numbers

Subject Terms

Use the following subject terms when searching for Biology books in the library catalog:

Aerospace Engineering

Artifical Satellites





Interplanetary Voyages

Interstellar Travel

Outer Space Exploration


Project Apollo (U.S.)


Solar System

Space Flight

Space Flight to Mars

Space Flight to the Moon

Space Sciences

Space Vehicles



The online catalog includes many e-books. To access library e-books from off-campus, choose one of the e-book databases and log in with your LEA user-name and password:

eBooks on Ebscohost