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Durham University

Department of Physics

Library facilities

University library

The University Library automatically stocks the items in the textbook lists for each module. These lists make use of the following categorisation system:

  • Required Reading
  • Additional Reading

Items identified as Required Reading will often be available for short loan and/or for 3-day loan. You are encouraged to consider purchasing your own copies of these books. Items in Additional Reading will be provided in the long loan category.

Prior to 2011, a slightly different categorisation system was used:
E - Essential Reading
R - Recommended Reading
B - Background Reading

We welcome suggestions for other useful physics texts related to lecture courses and projects. Please make such recommendations via the Department's Library Representative, Dr Celine Boehm. All books purchased will be held in the Main University Library.

Further information about reading lists is available at