Astronomy materials are collected to support both teaching and research through the doctoral level in theoretical and observational astronomy. Interest in these areas is concentrated in the Department of Astronomy and the McDonald Observatory, but materials on various aspects of astronomy may also be of interest to other fields of pure and applied science, e.g. aerospace engineering, physics, geology.

The University of Texas Libraries, through the Physics Mathematics Astronomy (PMA) Library, coordinates its efforts with the Astronomy Department's Peridier Library and the McDonald Observatory Library to accomplish this purpose. At the research level, Peridier focuses on collecting monographs and conference proceedings while PMA focuses on the journal literature. McDonald Observatory Library, located in Fort Davis, is a primarily historical collection for researchers involved in observational astronomy. Peridier has a historical observatory publication and technical report collection. PMA supports the undergraduate program. PMA’s funding of selected research journals is supported by the Astronomy Department and McDonald Observatory.  

Primary areas of concentration in the Department and at the Observatory include optical astronomy, millimeter, submillimeter, infrared, radio, and space astronomy, as well as theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. Research groups include planetary systems and interstellar research, stars, extragalactic research, and instrumentation and device development.

English is the primary language of collection. Works in other languages or in translation are acquired selectively. Popular works and lower-division textbooks are acquired selectively, while upper-division textbooks are acquired more broadly. At the research level, priority is given to the journal literature.

Publications of the major societies are actively selected, including the American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union, and the European Astronomical Society. Technical reports, government documents, theses, dissertations and observatory publications are generally excluded.

Periodicals are collected in electronic format, when available.  Monographs are acquired in print or electronic form. 

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Call Number RangeSubject
QB 1-139General. History
QB 140-274Practical and spherical astronomy
QB 275-348Geodesy
QB 349-454Theoretical Astronomy and celestial mechanics
QB 460-467Astrophysics, stellar atmospheres, nebulae and interstellar matter
QB 468-494Non-optical methods of astronomy, radio, infrared, radar astronomy
QB 495-579Descriptive Astronomy.
QB 717-991Comets, stars, supernovae, galaxies, nebulae, stellar spectroscopy, cosmogony and cosmology