University of Hawaii at Manoa Library


General Science


The resources collected in general science serve to provide broad support for instruction and research across science disciplines. To this end, both scholarly and highly regarded popular science materials and journals are collected. The general science collection spans the science and technology Library of Congress subject classifications, allowing the selector to add resources that reflect interdisciplinary research or issues.


The general science collection overlaps all areas served by the Science and Technology collections, history, and sociology.

Materials relating to the exploration of the Pacific and the history of science in the Pacific are collected by the Pacific Collection. Materials on Hawaiian science are collected by the Hawaiian Collection, but may be duplicated in the Science and Technology collection. Maps are housed in the Map Collection. Audio-visual materials are the responsibility of the Wong AV Center. Theses and dissertations by graduate students are added to the Hawaiian collection and dissertations are also available online as PDFs from the database Dissertations and Theses, a ProQuest product.


Language: Primarily English; foreign language materials may be added in the discipline of the history of science and technology and the philosophy of science.

Chronological: No limitations.

Geographic: No limitations.

Date of Publication: No limitations.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: General interest books and specialized monographs; periodicals, selected conference publications, especially in the history of science and technology; handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, abstracts; atlases; microforms, particularly in the history of science and technology are collected. Excluded are most textbooks, reprints of articles within serials, theses and dissertations, and manuscript materials, and newsletters. Rare or special materials related to Hawaiian science are acquired by the Hawaiian Collection.

Electronic Format: Electronic versions, with preference for Web access, are purchased when available and the cost is not prohibitive.

Treatment: Historical; research reports; bibliographical; applications; political, social, and cultural aspects; computer applications; demographic, sociological, and psychological aspects; theoretical; management and administration; educational aspects at the post-secondary level; and biographical.

Major Microform Holdings: The library has the classic works in the history of science available in the Readex microprint Landmarks of Science.


The Science and Technology Department accepts gifts to augment the science and technology collections held by the UH Manoa Library. Books that document scholarly research and textbooks no older than five years that are appropriate to university level courses are accepted. We accept other formats as well with the provision that they must be relevant to the research or instruction mission of UH Manoa. In general, we do not accept popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, or materials in poor condition. Gifts of Archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives staff. Gifts of journal titles or books in a Web format (the preferred format for journals) are accepted; discussing such a gift with the subject selector ( is necessary before such a gift can be accepted and integrated into the collection. The subject librarian should be contacted before a gift-in-kind of more than a few items is made to the UH Manoa Library.

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of accepted gifts.

Compiled by: Sara Rutter

Date: July 2008

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