The collection is maintained by Grainger Engineering Library.
The Engineering collection supports the 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. The Engineering Library is part of the nationally recognized UIUC physical sciences and applied sciences collection and is comprised of 300,000 volumes.
Version Date: Before 2005
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:
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:
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.
Emphasis is on current developments. There is minimal interest in the history of engineering and technology.
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.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|Aeronomy||2||Engineering/Map||Geology / Chemistry|
|Artificial intelligence||2||Engineering||Mathematics / Education / Law|
|Atmospheric physics||3||Engineering/Map||Physics / Chemistry|
|Bioacoustics||3||Engineering||Physics / Biology|
|CAD/CAM (computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing||3||Engineering||Commerce|
|Communication systems (networks, theory, satellites, transmission systems, signal theory and processing)||3||Engineering||Communications|
|Computer science||2||Engineering||Library Science / Commerce|
|Concrete and cement||4||Engineering||Chemistry|
|Control and instrumentation systems||3||Engineering||Physics|
|Cybernetics, see Systems engineering
|Energy systems||3||Engineering||Chemistry City Planning / Commerce|
|Environmental engineering||3||Engineering||Chemistry / City Planning|
|Flow systems||3||Engineering||Physics / Chemistry|
|Foundation engineering||3||Engineering||Geology / Architecture|
|Geophysics||3||Engineering||Geology / Map|
|History of engineering||2||Engineering||History Of Science|
|Human factors engineering||2||Engineering||Commerce / Education|
|Image processing||2||Engineering||Education / Map / Physics|
|Information theory||3||Library Science||Engineering / Mathematics|
|Lasers||3||Physics||Engineering / Chemistry|
|Materials science||3||Engineering||Chemistry / Physics|
|Mathematics, applied||3||Engineering||Physics / Mathematics|
|Mechanics (theoretical and applied)||3||Engineering||Physics / Mathematics|
|Microcomputers||2||Engineering||Commerce / Library Science|
|Microscopy, electron||3||Biology||Engineering / Physics|
|Nuclear fission and fusion||3||Physics||Engineering|
|Operations research||3||Engineering||Commerce / Mathematics|
|Optics, applied||3||Physics||Engineering / Chemistry|
|Pattern recognition||3||Engineering||Map / Education|
|Physics of solids||3||Physics||Engineering|
|Signal processing||3||Engineering||Map / Education|
|Soil mechanics||3||Engineering||Architecture / Geology|
|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|
|Thermal systems||3||Chemistry||Engineering / Physics|
|Thin film physics||3||Engineering||Physics|
|Transportation engineering||3||Engineering||Architecture / City Planning / Commerce|
|Water resources||3||Engineering||Chemistry / Geology|
Version Date: July 2006