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Science Books

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P53 - Sue Armstrong
ISBN: 9781472910516
Publication Date: 2015-02-24

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The Interstellar Age - Jim Bell
ISBN: 9780525954323
Publication Date: 2015-02-24

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Rocks and Minerals - Chris Pellant; Helen Pellant
ISBN: 9781472909930
Publication Date: 2015-02-03

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The Biology Book - Michael C. Gerald; Gloria Gerald
ISBN: 9781454910688
Publication Date: 2015-01-06

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The Triumph of Seeds - Thor Hanson
ISBN: 9780465055999
Publication Date: 2015-03-24

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Physics for Rock Stars - Christine McKinley
ISBN: 9780399165863
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

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Cosmigraphics - Michael Benson
ISBN: 9781419713873
Publication Date: 2014-10-14

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Adventures in the Anthropocene - Gaia Vince
ISBN: 9781571313577
Publication Date: 2014-12-02

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Eureka - Chad Orzel
ISBN: 9780465074969
Publication Date: 2014-12-09


Science DVDs

Brain games. Season 2
Publication Date: 2013
2 videodiscs (264 min.)

Ben Franklin's balloons.
Publication Date: 2014
Nova program. 1 video disc (60 min.)

Meteor strike.
Publication Date: 2013
1 videodisc (60 min.)

Decoding Neanderthals.
Publication Date: 2013
1 videodisc (60 min.)


What You'll Find Here

Become engaged in science. Browse our selected science resources and attend one of our presentations by experts in various science fields.  Science for adults!

Discover a BIG IDEA at the

San Antonio Public Library.  


There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.

                                                          Richard Dawkins 


What is Scientific Literacy Anyway?

Scientific literacy means that a person can ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived  from curiosity about everyday experiences.

It means that a person has the ability to describe, explain, and predict natural  phenomena. Scientific literacy entails being able to read with understanding articles about science in the popular press and to engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions. Scientific literacy implies that a person can identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions and express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed.

National Science Education Standards:



SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts.

With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, they go a little deeper...without going off the deep end.

Most of the time, anyway.



Numbery goodness every week!

Videos by Brady Haran



Our World is Amazing.

Vsauce was created by Michael Stevens in the summer of 2010.


Minute Physics

Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.

Created by Henry Reich


Dance Your Ph.D. 2014 Winner Announced

The top prize for the 2014 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest goes to … Uma Nagendra.  When she isn't out in the forest gathering data for her Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, Uma spends a good deal of her time hanging upside down from a trapeze doing circus aerials. "It turns out that there are a lot of scientists doing it," she says. To combine the two halves of her life, she teamed up with her fellow aerialists to create the midair dance based on her scientific research. Nagendra's circus extravaganza is the overall winner of the 2014,  “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest.

The contest, now in its 7th year, is sponsored by Science magazine and AAAS (publisher of ScienceNOW).

For more information about this contest see .

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Science Magazines

Title Popular science

Central Holdings May 1873-Current
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Title Discover


Central Holdings July 1981-Current
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Title New scientist


Central Holdings January 1989-Current
Branch Holdings None


Title Science news


Central Holdings June 4, 2005-Current
Branch Holdings current 6 months held by Brook Hollow, Carver, Cody, Igo, Maverick, Memorial, Mission, Parman, San Pedro, Thousand Oaks, Westfall


Title Scientific American


Central Holdings July 2005-Current
Branch Holdings current 12 months held by Guerra, Johnston, Maverick, Parman, Semmes, Thousand Oaks

Featured Databases

Search our databases to help with research or other important science information

  • Science & Technology Collection
    Over 800 leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications.
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
    Provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others

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Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi- disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 9,810 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Computer Source

This database contains nearly 300 full text journals and magazines covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. Computer Source provides a balance of full text technical journals and full text consumer computer titles.

Medline Plus

Authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine. Contains directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.


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