Engineering Collection

I. Collection Description


To support the undergraduate through Ph.D. instructional and research programs of the College of Engineering. The Engineering Library serves the departments of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Nuclear Engineering, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the allied Coordinated Science Laboratory, Materials Research Laboratory, Bioengineering Program, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Center for Supercomputing Research and Development, National Center for Composite Materials Research, and numerous other engineering laboratories.

History of Collection:

The Engineering Library was established in 1916 with an initial collection of 2,000 books and 50 periodical titles and was housed, along with a small reading room, on the first floor of Engineering Hall. In 1931, a lecture room on the second floor of Engineering Hall was converted into an area for bookstacks and study carrels and an inside stairway was built to connect the two floors. By 1954, the Library had grown to 75,000 volumes (including several thousand stored in the Bookstacks) and 700 periodical titles. The Engineering Library expanded again in 1969 when classrooms on the third floor of Engineering Hall were converted into a reading room and a stairway was built to connect with the second floor. The main entrance of the Library was shifted to the second floor along with circulation, reference, and reserve book services. Additional space for engineering materials was made available in the Altgeld Hall library stacks in the 1970's.

Estimate of Holdings:

300,000 volumes.

State, Regional and National Importance:

The Engineering Library is part of the nationally recognized UIUC physical sciences and applied sciences collection.

Unit Responsible for Collecting:

Engineering Library.

Location of Materials:

100,000 volumes are located in the Engineering Library, 130,000 in the Bookstacks, and 70,000 volumes are located in the Engineering and Physical Sciences storage area in Altgeld Hall.

Citations of Works Describing the Collection:

Downs, p. 63-64, 248, 425.

Major, p. 9, 26, 38, 44, 49, 52.

II. General Collection Guidelines


Predominantly English, with Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, and German of secondary importance. English translations are preferred to original foreign language works.

Chronological Guidelines:

Emphasis is on current developments. There is minimal interest in the history of engineering and technology.

Geographical Guidelines:

No restrictions.

Treatment of Subject:

Standard statement. Engineering is a field with both theoretical and applied aspects and is highly interdisciplinary, particularly in the physical sciences. The primary focus is on research literature appearing in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and monographs summarizing research on or emphasizing applied mathematical techniques and computer methods. Because of the nature of the field, there are numerous collecting overlaps with other libraries.

Types of Materials:

Standard statement. Technical reports and standards/specifications are acquired, as are important trade publications in areas of university and private sector cooperation.

Date of Publication:

Standard statement. Minimal retrospective purchasing.

Place of Publication:

No restrictions. The United States is the most important area; second are Great Britain, Japan and the USSR; and of tertiary importance are Germany, France, Spain, and Latin America.

III. Collection Responsibility by Subject Subdivisions with Qualifications, Levels of Collecting Intensity, and Assignments

Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.

Engineering Collection
Acoustics, applied 3 Engineering Physics
Aeronautical engineering 3 Engineering
Aeronomy 2 Engineering/Map Geology / Chemistry
Agricultural engineering 3 Agriculture Engineering
Artificial intelligence 2 Engineering Mathematics / Education / Law
Astronautics 3 Engineering Mathematics
Atmospheric physics 3 Engineering/Map Physics / Chemistry
Audio engineering 3 Engineering Communications
Automotive engineering 3 Engineering
Bioacoustics 3 Engineering Physics / Biology
Bioengineering 3 Engineering Biology
Broadcast engineering 3 Engineering Communications
CAD/CAM (computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing 3 Engineering Commerce
Ceramic engineering 3 Engineering Chemistry
Circuit theory 3 Engineering
Civil engineering 3 Engineering
Coal research 3 Chemistry Engineering
Combustion 3 Engineering Chemistry
Communication systems (networks, theory, satellites, transmission systems, signal theory and processing) 3 Engineering Communications
Composite materials 3 Engineering Chemistry
Computer engineering 3 Engineering
Computer science 2 Engineering Library Science / Commerce
Concrete and cement 4 Engineering Chemistry
Construction engineering 3 Engineering Architecture
Control and instrumentation systems 3 Engineering Physics
Corrosion 3 Engineering Chemistry
Cryogenics 3 Physics Engineering
Crystallography 3 Physics Engineering
Cybernetics, see Systems engineering
Data processing
3 Commerce Engineering
Earthquake engineering 3 Engineering Geology
Electrical engineering 3 Engineering
Electrochemistry 3 Chemistry Engineering
Electrohydrodynamics 3 Physics Engineering
Electromagnetics 3 Engineering Physics
Electronics 3 Engineering
Energy systems 3 Engineering Chemistry City Planning / Commerce
Engineering design 3 Engineering
Engineering economics 3 Engineering Commerce
Engineering education 2 Engineering Education
Engineering geology 3 Engineering Geology
Environmental engineering 3 Engineering Chemistry / City Planning
Ergonomics 2 Engineering Commerce
Fire science 3 Engineering Chemistry
Flow systems 3 Engineering Physics / Chemistry
Fluid mechanics 3 Engineering Physics
Foundation engineering 3 Engineering Geology / Architecture
Fuel science 3 Engineering Chemistry
Gaseous electronics 3 Engineering Physics
Geophysics 3 Engineering Geology / Map
Geotechnical engineering 3 Engineering Geology
Glass science 3 Chemistry Engineering
Heat transfer 3 Engineering Chemistry
History of engineering 2 Engineering History Of Science
Human factors engineering 2 Engineering Commerce / Education
Hydrology 3 Engineering Geology
Illumination engineering 2 Engineering Architecture
Image processing 2 Engineering Education / Map / Physics
Industrial engineering 3 Engineering Commerce
Information theory 3 Library Science Engineering / Mathematics
Lasers 3 Physics Engineering / Chemistry
Lubrication engineering 3 Engineering
Magnetohydrodynamics 3 Physics Engineering
Manufacturing engineering 3 Engineering Commerce
Marine engineering 2 Engineering Biology
Mass transfer 3 Engineering Chemistry
Materials science 3 Engineering Chemistry / Physics
Mathematics, applied 3 Engineering Physics / Mathematics
Mechanical engineering 3 Engineering
Mechanics (theoretical and applied) 3 Engineering Physics / Mathematics
Metallurgical engineering 3 Engineering
Microcomputers 2 Engineering Commerce / Library Science
Microscopy, electron 3 Biology Engineering / Physics
Mining engineering 3 Engineering
Nuclear fission and fusion 3 Physics Engineering
Ocean engineering 3 Engineering Biology
Operations research 3 Engineering Commerce / Mathematics
Optics, applied 3 Physics Engineering / Chemistry
Pattern recognition 3 Engineering Map / Education
Petroleum engineering 2 Engineering Chemistry
Photogrammetry 3 Engineering Map
Photo-optical engineering 3 Engineering
Physics of solids 3 Physics Engineering
Plastics engineering 2 Chemistry Engineering
Polymer engineering 3 Engineering Chemistry
Power engineering 3 Engineering
Production engineering 2 Engineering Commerce
Quantum electronics 3 Engineering Physics
Railway engineering 3 Engineering Commerce
Robotics 2 Engineering Commerce
Rock mechanics 3 Engineering Geology
Safety engineering 3 Engineering Law
Sanitary engineering 3 Engineering Chemistry
Semiconductors 3 Engineering Physics
Signal processing 3 Engineering Map / Education
Software engineering 2 Engineering Commerce
Soil mechanics 3 Engineering Architecture / Geology
Solar energy 3 Engineering Physics
Solid state devices 3 Engineering Physics
Spectroscopy 3 Chemistry Engineering / Physics
Standards / specification 2 Engineering
Structural dynamics and mechanics 3 Engineering Chemistry / Architecture
Surface science 3 Physics Engineering / Chemistry
Systems engineering 2 Engineering Commerce
Thermal systems 3 Chemistry Engineering / Physics
Thin film physics 3 Engineering Physics
Transportation engineering 3 Engineering Architecture / City Planning / Commerce
Tribology 3 Engineering Chemistry
Water resources 3 Engineering Chemistry / Geology
Welding 3 Engineering


Version Date: July 2006