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Astronomy: Find Books

Featuring Okanagan College Library's resources for Astronomy

Call Numbers

If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the Library shelves at the following call number locations:

QB 43.3 General works

QB 54 Extraterrestrial life

QB 64 Observer's handbooks

QB 460-QB 466 Astrophysics

QB 475-QB 476.5 Radio astronomy

QB 501-QB 701 Solar system (including sun, moon, planets)

QB 721-QB 755  Comets, meteors, meterorites

QB 790-QB 858   Interstellar matter, stars, galaxies

QB 981-QB 991  Cosmology

 QH 326 Exobiology

Locating Books

After you have found a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: If a book is not at your campus, you can request the item

Location: Where the book is found in the library (circulating, reference, or video shelves)

Call Number: The call number on the spine is used to find the book on the shelf

Status: Available or checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out)


OCtopus (Library Search Engine)


Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!



OCtopus searches the Library's catalogue and many of the Library's databases in one search. Enter keywords in the OCtopus search box on the Library's website


You may  limit your search results by Resource types √ Books 

You may  limit your search results by Resource types √ Videos 

OC Library Catalogue Search



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The Okanagan College Library Catalogue lists books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming videos, and CDs that are in the Library collection. You can also search to see if the Library subscribes to a specific print or electronic journal by entering the title of the journal. However, you cannot use the catalogue to search for articles within the journals.

Click here for a brief tutorial on searching the catalogue and requesting items in the catalogue

Renewing Items + Your Library Account

View your Library account and renew materials.  Your library account also shows the status of items you've requested from another OC campus library.

Other Library Catalogues

Search for books in other library catalogues. Register for a UBC Library account at any Okanagan College campus library and you can request and renew UBC Library books via the UBC Library catalogue; use the online Interlibrary Loan request form for other libraries 

Search Terms

Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings you can use to search for books in OCtopus or the  Okanagan College Library catalogue (and other academic library catalogues):

Astronomy -- History

Big bang theory

Cosmology -- History

Dark energy (Astronomy)

Dark matter (Astronomy)

Expanding universe


and names of individual galaxies

 e.g.   Milky Way

Solar system

also components  e.g. Comets

and names of individual bodies e.g.  Mars

Specific types and features of stars 

e.g. Black Holes (Astronomy)




Extrasolar planets

Extraterrestrial beings

Habitable planets

Life on other planets

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