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This guide suggests chemistry resources that are free or accessible to the public from on-campus.

Priority for our collections, spaces and services is reserved for University of Calgary students, staff and faculty. Community and Alumni must book a computer or workspace before their visit

With the exception of SciFinder, individuals who are on-campus may use any of the resources listed. Most of those resources are "scholarly" or "academic", requiring a background at the high school chemistry level (or thereabouts) and above.

The Key Databases and Search Engines box also lists academic/scholarly databases.

The rest of this Resources for the Public page links to additional resources suitable for those with an interest (academic or otherwise) in chemistry.

Library Access for the Public

In general:

  • All physical materials (books, maps, audiovisual, etc.) are available for the public's use
  • Electronic materials (e.g. ebooks, databases, journals): due to licensing agreements, most may only be used in the library, and will be inaccessible off-campus to the general public. If you're reading this from on-campus, feel free to use any of the resources, except for SciFinder.
    • SciFinder (formerly Chemical Abstracts) is not available to the public. Licensing restricts use to UofC staff, faculty and students only.

For more detail on access policies regarding the public, see the Library's Borrower Privileges and Information page


Key Databases & Search Engines (Academic/Scholarly)

Due to licensing agreements, most electronic materials in this section may only be used in the library, and will be inaccessible off-campus

Reference Materials






  • Common chemistry " open community resource for accessing chemical information. Nearly 500,000 chemical substances from CAS REGISTRY® cover areas of community interest, including common and frequently regulated chemicals, and those relevant to high school and undergraduate chemistry classes. This chemical information, curated by our expert scientists, is provided in alignment with our mission as a division of the American Chemical Society."


First-year chemistry texts

Finding Books (including electronic ones) by Subject


Electronic versions of these magazines may only go back to the 1990s.

Learning Chemistry

There are many open educational resources for higher education. They are essentially free, university-level courses.

Teaching Resources

(Some teaching-related resources are also available at the Learning Chemistry box, above)

History of Chemistry


Everyday & Kitchen Chemistry