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As an instructional unit of the College of Natural Sciences, the Chemistry Department provides degree programs, and basic chemistry courses for undergraduate liberal arts students. As the Chemistry Department is the only academic chemistry research unit in the state, their mission is to be the source of sophisticated chemical knowledge for Hawaii. The department carries out this mission by providing instruction to those students wanting to become chemists at the various degree levels offered by the department; by teaching students at all levels, but especially at the graduate level, how to carry out original research in chemistry; by developing research programs which add to mankind's knowledge of the world; and by providing expertise in the chemistry unique to Hawaii and bringing that chemistry to the attention of the world. The department offers the BA, BS, MS (Plan A, thesis), and PhD degrees.

Faculty and graduate student research interests include analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. More specialized research programs involve marine natural products, materials and surface studies, electron spectroscopy, ultraviolet radiation physics, the structure of molecules, and geochemistry.


Chemistry is a strongly interdisciplinary subject. Closely related disciplines include biochemistry, geochemistry, and physical oceanography. All the departments in the colleges of Natural Sciences, Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and Engineering, and the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology use the Library collection to support their classes and research.

The chemical sciences depend heavily on literature published by governmental agencies. The Government Documents Collection is the depository for U.S National Bureau of Standards publications, as well as NTIS documents and other state and foreign government publications. The Hawaiian Collection houses all the publications of relevant Hawaii State agencies.


Language: English is preferred. The collection contains some material in Western European and Slavic languages. Asian language material is housed in both the Science and Technology area and the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research.

Geographic: No limitations.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed. Rare and historical materials may be acquired as gifts.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Monographs and serials (electronic access preferred) on current research in the field; upper level texts; government publications; conference proceedings; selected United States and foreign dissertations; indexes, abstracts and bibliographies (paper/electronic); handbooks and dictionaries. Excluded are manuscripts, reprints of articles within serials, house organs, textbooks, and private and company files.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: Historical; primary sources and documents; applications, practice and methods; computer-related; equipment used in; biographical; reference and bibliographical; statistical and mathematical; selected textbooks; professional and applied training; and reports on scientific experimental results.


Books that document scholarly research and university-level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of chemistry will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the librarian who collects for chemistry ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the property of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

Compiled by: Paul Wermager

Date: June 2008

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