The University Library offers a small selection of printed books and a bigger collection of electronic material like e-books and e-journals in physics. All printed material as well as electronic resources can be found via the catalogue

Subject-related questions on catalog and database research can be addressed to

A selection of new acquisitions

Quantum Matter at Ultralow Temperatures [e-book]
M. Ketterle, W. Stringari, S. Inguscio
IOS press

Thermodynamics: a complete undergraduate course
Steane, Andrew M.
Oxford University press

Physique statistique : des processus élémentaires aux phénomènes collectifs
Texier, Christophe et al.

Consult all the new print books acquisitions of the BUL. New e-books to be searched via directly.

If you have an acquisition suggestion, send the bibliographic data to
If you are a member of staff, please use the form that is provided on the library pages of the UL-Intranet (ULI).
You need to log in first, then select “The University” -> “Library” -> “Procedures and Policies” (if you are already logged in, click here).




The physics book collection is housed at the Luxembourg Learning Centre on the second floor. Fragile, old or valuable material is in storage and needs to be ordered via the “Request” button above the location details of an entry.


Classification, Signage

The books are sorted on the shelves according to a subject related classification. Engineering material will mainly be found between the classification numbers 530 and 539.

DDC Example : the call number field in the "Get this at a library" tab might show something like "537.6 Lew". This is the code printed on the book spine which enables you to find it on the shelf. The figures represent the main content of the book – in this case:

          500 =    Natural Sciences
          530 =    Physics
          537 =    Electricity & electronics
          537.6 = Electric currents (Electrodynamics) and thermoelectricity

The three characters behind the figures are the first letters of the author's name or the book title – this helps to further separate the material shelved under the same call number.


Reference Works

You will find below a selection of reference works on physics which are available in the University library:

José-Philippe Pérez

Leçons de physique : une approche moderne

Bruxelles : De Boeck,2011

William M. Haynes

CRC handbook of chemistry and physics : a ready-reference book of chemical and physical data

Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2010

John Daintith

A dictionary of physics

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009

Johann Dorschner

Astronomie, Astrophysik, Kosmologie (Handbuch der experimentellen Physik, Bd. 11)

Köln : Aulis-Verlag Deubner, 2011

J. Butterfield, J. Earman

Philosophy of physics (Handbook of the philosophy of science)

Amsterdam : North-Holland, 2007

Albert Messiah

Mécanique quantique

Paris : Dunod, 2003

Walter Greulich, Ulrich Kilian

Lexikon der Physik : in sechs Bänden

Heidelberg etc. : Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 1998-2000


Printed Journal Collection (and other periodical works)

For physics, most of the relevant journals are not offered in print but as e-journals that are discoverable via The print versions of journals need to be ordered from storage. For more information on how to do this, see Journals.


There is a lot of information online that is not freely accessible. The University of Luxembourg Library has subscribed to many databases, e-journals and e-books which are accessible by entering your login credentials in, which are provided after becoming a member of the library.


E-books are available via – if you want to search only e-book titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Books” (in the menu on the right).

Further directory on international e-books:

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is an online directory to increase discoverability of Open Access books. The database is included in the search.


E-journals and Full Text Articles

E-journals are available via – if you want to search only e-journal titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “type of publication” on “Journals” (in the menu on the right). Be aware that you only search the titles of the e-journals and not the articles within them. For searching articles in journals, proceedings etc. set the filter on "Articles".

Further directories on international e-journals:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The database is included in the search.

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service of the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the internet and offers a unified interface to access full-text articles online from all areas of research. Besides the more than 50,000 journals which are accessible free of charge to anyone, participating libraries provide their users access to the journals they subscribe to.


Catalogues and Other Databases

For searching online databases only, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Databases” (in the menu on the right).

Here is a selection of further physics databases:

GetInfo – Fachinformationen für Technik und Naturwissenschaften

GetInfo is a service offered by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the largest specialised library for science and technology worldwide. With GetInfo you can search free-of-charge in over 160 million data sets of the TIB's collection, leading specialised databases, publishers' offers, as well as in the collection of the German national libraries for medicine and economics.


Overview of international databases in physics. is an e-print-server offering a quick publication possibility for research results. Thus it is an important open access resource in astronomy, computer science, mathematics and physics. 

CERN Document Server

The focus of the CERN document server lies on high energy and particle physics research and comprises more than 1 Mio bibliographic records and over 700.000 full texts (preprints, conference papers, reports as well as AV-material, e.g. videos of presentations).


CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC have built the High Energy Physics (HEP) information system, INSPIRE. It combines the SPIRES database content with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN. INSPIRE is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, and SLAC, and interacts closely with HEP publishers,, NASA-ADS, PDG, HEPDATA and other information resources. Besides bibliographic information INSPIRE-HEP offers information on institutions, persons, conferences, experiments and job offers.

SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 11.6 million records covering publications in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv e-prints.


Online Reference Books, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

The following works on physics are available online:

The Penguin Dictionary of Physics

Subscription needed – after log in to the e-book is accessible.

Eric Weisstein's World of Physics

Online encyclopaedia on physics with short definitions as well as bibliographic references. 

Glossary of Materials Science

Glossary of Materials Science. 

Particle Physics Glossary

Glossary on particle physics.

Open Access Encyclopedia for Photonics and Laser Technology

This open-access encyclopedia explains the physical principles and common techniques in laser technology, while also covering major areas of fiber-optic technology and nonlinear optics, and addressing supplementary topics like ultrashort pulses, optical communications, general optics, optoelectronics, and quantum optics.

Lexikon der Physik

The “Lexikon der Physik”, written by Walter Greulich and Ulrich Kilian, is freely available on the website of the German publisher Spektrum Akademischer Verlag and gives a comprehensive overview of the knowledge in physics (in German).

Wikipedia: Portal Physics

Relevant Wikipedia articles on physics are collected in this portal. 




Statista is one of the world’s largest statistics and market data platforms with access to more than 1 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics on 80.000 topics from more than 22.500 sources.

Thesauri and Classifications

AIP Scitation Thesaurus

The AIP Thesaurus replaces the PACS 2010 (see below) and offers a subject search of the AIP content. 

PACS 2010

The Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS) is an international classification for physics and astronomy.  It has a hierarchical structure and was discontinued in 2010 and replaced by the AIP (American Institute of Physics) thesaurus (see above).

INIS/ETDE Thesaurus

Multilingual thesaurus of the International Nuclear Information System focusing on nuclear physics, chemistry, material sciences, life and earth sciences, and energy technology.

Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) is a community-supported thesaurus that unifies the existing Astronomy & Astrophysics thesauri into a single freely-available open thesaurus formalizing astronomical concepts and their inter-relationships.

INSPEC Thesaurus and INSPEC Classification

The Inspec Thesaurus is a subject key to the Inspec Database while the Inspec Classification acts as a search tool within the database.

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) unifies the classifications of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the patent office of the USA (USPTO).

International Patent Classification (IPC)

The IPC is searchable on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). A German translation of the IPC is available on the website of the Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt.



Abbreviations may differ between or even within a branch of sciences. Journals often define the standard of the publication style within their author guidelines.

Physical Review Style and Notation Guide

The style and notation guide for publications in the "Physical Review" journal of the American Physical Society (APS) with the requirements for journal abbreviations in the appendix of the document.

Science and Engineering Journal Abbreviations

The Woodward Library offers a database of abbreviations for journal titles from natural sciences and technology.

France Terme

France Term is a set of terms of different scientific and technical fields in French.

Web of Science: Journal Title Abbreviations

List of journals and their abbreviations.


Factual Databases

Kaye and Laby Online: Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) published the 16th edition of the „Kaye and Laby” online and updates the content comprising data in physics and chemistry. 

National Nuclear Data Center

Database collection on nuclear and particle physics. 

NIST: Physical Reference Data

Collection of databases of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

NRL Plasma Formulary

Formulary of plasma physics. 

Particle Data Group: The Review of Particle Physics

The yearly updates on elementary particles and their characteristics are published by the PDG on this website. 

DBIS: Faktendatenbanken Physik

List of factual databases in physics. 

University Course Pages:


Interesting Sites

The following sites may be of interest if you are studying physics (free access):

The Institute of Physics in London publishes its member magazine Physics World. On the website of the journal there are additional service offers for the community (calendar of events, job offers).


Portal of the American Physical Society (APS) for the interested public. is a physics and astronomy online education, research and reference web site. In addition to providing content, is a meeting place for professionals, students and other interested persons. 

ComPADRE Digital Library

The AAPT ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.

Within the website of the „Physik Journal“ (the member magazine of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft [DPG]) the publisher Wiley-VCH and the DPG presents news, job offers, products, applications, books and events in physics.

Welt der Physik

This is a physics portal for professionals, students and other interested persons, run by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and the German ministry of research and technology. It contains online resources, overview of current and completed research projects as well an event calendar.

Conference of the physics department in Germany

The union of the German physics university departments publishes recent information and statistics on physical studies in Germany (addresses, labour market data, grant possibilities etc.)


Websites of Associations and Societies in Physics:

European Physical Society (EPS)

Institute of Physics (IoP)

American Physical Society (APS)

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

List of associations and societies in physics


International Physics Museums:

Palais de la découverte in Paris (F)

L'Expérimentarium (Xp) in Brussels (B)

Musée de physique in Lausanne (CH)

Explora in Frankfurt/Main (D)

Phänomenta in Bremerhaven (D), Flensburg (D), Lüdenscheid (D), Peenemünde (D)

Luxembourg Science Center

Petit musée des instruments physique du Lycée du Lycée de garçons de Luxembourg


To stay informed about worldwide conferences, you can check the following websites:

European Physical Society: Events

APS Meetings and Events Events Veranstaltungen

Quantum Meetings


INSPIRE-HEP: Conferences Search

MRS Meetings and Exhibits Events

OSA Calendar of Events

Veranstaltungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG)

Welt der Physik: Veranstaltungen

Conference Alerts



To learn more about evaluating the quality of websites and the information in them, check the following links:

How to Evaluate Web Resources

How To Evaluate Information – Checklist

Evaluating Web Pages

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