Physics Library

"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper,
but minds alive on the shelves." -Gilbert Highet

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost." -J.R.R. Tolkien


The physics library is part of Gettysburg College's Musselman Library; working with their library liaison to keep resources current and comprehensive, faculty seek to maintain a collection of useful reference works to support course work and projects, as well as faculty and student research.

The library provides extensive access to information on physics and astronomy, as journal articles and books not found there can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan; to use this service, consult the Musselman Library staff.  

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The collection grows each year and recommendations for additions are always appreciated. For more information or suggestions for the Physics Library, contact any member of the Physics Department and/or the librarians in Musselman (please keep in mind that faculty and librarians are here to assist you in any way possible).

References resources include: 

  • Physics Abstracts contains abstracts of most papers published in physics. The Subject and Author Indexes, which are published every six months, are invaluable for locating articles on current research.
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts is another useful reference work.
  • For historical references, the library has the ISIS Cumulative Bibliography and The Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Musselman Library houses many general reference works for physics, as well, ranging from The Handbook of Physics by Condon and Odishaw, to the University of Chicago's Manual of Style.