The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.
This collection policy was created concurrently with the Collection Guidelines for Physics by UW Information School library science students Nicole Gustavsen and Sarah Pine, as part of their 2016 "Astronomy & Physics Collection Policy Update" capstone project. The project was sponsored by Anya Bartelmann, Physics, Astronomy & Math Librarian and Head of the Mathematics Research Library.
Astronomy is the discipline concerned with the objects making up the physical Universe and with the study of their physical characteristics, compositions, motions, histories, and interrelationships, and with the physical laws governing them.
The UW Astronomy department poetically describes astronomy as "the quest to make the Universe comprehensible, an adventure into the beginning of time and through the infinite recesses of space."
Library of Congress Classification (LC):
LC Astronomy schedule:
Dewey Decimal Classification (Dewey materials are all located in remote storage):