Where can I find a basic book about chemistry?
The best place to find a chemistry book is in the Science & Engineering Library's collection in the Walter Library Building on the East Bank. See http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/ for more information about the Science & Engineering Library. The Bio-Medical Library in Diehl Hall or a library on the St. Paul campus may also have a few books in this subject area.
At any of the libraries, try browsing the shelves in the QD 31.2 call number (LC) range.