The Libraries seek to support research and instruction in basic science or "science for the non-scientist." It also collects materials in areas where no formal science programs exist and in materials which are multi-disciplinary. It supports the needs of undergraduates, graduates and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, post-docs, researchers and staff members.
Courses dealing with theories of chaos, the "big bang," and the era of dinosaurs were introduced in the 1990s. Areas of established specialization are scientific materials for laymen, the history of science and technology, biographies of scientists, and multi-disciplinary magazines and journals.