The books are organised in subject order within the Library. Books for Geology are kept in a number of sections depending on their subject coverage and emphasis. Here are the main sections for Geology.

  • 338.2 - mineral statistics 
  • 549 - mineralogy
  • 550 - geology 
  • 551.8 - structural geology
  • 551.9 - geochemistry 

For further information on where to find books, consult the Library catalogue.

Remember that it is also possible to borrow books from the University of Exeter Library, and to request a scan of a book chapter by using our Inter-Site Service.


We have a large collection of geology print journals. A list is available in the Suggested Resources section below. However, more journals are now available in e-format. and these are available via the Library catalogue. You will need your Exeter IT username and password to log in to use the ejournals.

To do a quick search across a variety of sources, try using the Library Article Search.  If you wanted to search through a collection of journals, we also recommened that you use ScienceDirect or Ebsco Ejournals. To access these log into the University of Exeter's E-Library.


Bibliographic databases index the contents of journals. This will enable you to locate useful articles for your essys simply by typing in keywords that describe your topic. Databases index from a wide range of journal titles. All databases will either provide links to the full article or will provide enough detail for you to find it elsewhere. They are a very powerful search tool!

All databases and indexes available to Exeter students are available via the E-Library link. Databases of particular use to CSM students are:

  • IMMage - produced by the Institute of Minerals, Materials & Mining
  • Lyell collection - Geological Society publications online
  • Web of Science: Science Citation Index - citation searching allows you to follow the impact of a piece of research
  • Science Direct - contains journals & ebooks, including the series 'Developments in Sedimentology'


Over 3,000 print copies of maps covering all areas of the world are available. For more information about the map collection, click here.

You also have access to Digimap which provides customisable Ordnance Survey and British Geological Survey maps of Great Britain. To access Digimap, you need to register to use the service and log into the University of Exeter's E-Library

The British Geological Survey (BGS) Maps Portal also provides access to over 7,000 geological maps.