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Pharmacology: Books

A guide to finding information in pharmacology. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title.

Example: "katzung clinical pharmacology"

You can also search Enterprise for a topic to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Accessing online Library resources

If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.

For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.

Terms of Use

When you use our e-resources you are agreeing to our Terms of Use. Please take a moment to look at these by following the link below:

When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. 

Your login details

You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by (e.g. and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:

Getting to the login page...

  • For most resources, if you follow a link from our website or catalogues your login will be picked up automatically or you will be prompted to login straightaway. 
  • If you access resources via another route you will need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will then pick up your login or prompt you to login. For more information about institutional login, please see the link below:
Logging in to Library resources

Watch this short video on how you login to use Library resources.

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Logging in to the Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Key text

Key locations

3rd Floor

540 Chemistry
543 Analytical chemistry
547 Organic chemistry
547.2 Organic synthesis
547.3 Organic analysis
570 Biological and life sciences
571 Physiology
571.6 Cell biology
572 Biochemistry
579 Microbiology
580 Botanical sciences
581.634 Medicinal plants
610 Medicinal sciences
611 Human anatomy
612 Human physiology
612.4 Endocrinology
615 Pharmacology and therapeutics
615.1 Drugs (Materia medica)
615.19 Pharmceutical chemistry
615.5 Therapeutics
615.9 Toxicology and poisons
616 Diseases
616.01 Medical microbiology

Amino acids 547.75
Anatomy, Human 611
Antibiotics 615.329

Bacteria, pathogenic 616.014
Biomaterials 610.284
Biomathematics 570.151
British pharmacopoeia 615.1142

Cancer 616.994
Chemotherapy 615.58
Clinical trials 615.50724
Clinical drug trials 615.580724

Diseases 616
Disease control 614.4
Drug development 615.19
Drugs 615.1

Genetics 575.1
Genetics, Human 599.935

Herbals 615.321

Industrial toxicology 615.902

Law, Medical 347.1195

Medicinal chemistry 615.19
Medicinal plants 581.634
Metabolism 591.13
Microbiology, Medicinal 616.01
Mycotoxins 615.95295

Narcotics and stimulants 613.8
Natural products 547.7
Nervous system, Drugs effecting 615.78
Nucleic acids chemistry 547.596
Nutrition 612.3

Pain management 616.0472
Pharmaceutical arithmetic 615.1401513
Pharmaceutical chemistry 615.19
Pharmacokinetics 615.7
Pharmacology 615.1
Physiology, Human 612
Plants, Drugs from 615.321
Plants, medicinal 581.634
Proteins 547.75

Statistics in biology 570.15195
Statistics in therapeutics 615.5072

Therapeutics research 615.5072
Therapeutic systems 615.53
Toxicology 615.9

Vaccines 615.372
Virology, Medical 579.2
Vitamins and health 612.399

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

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