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subject description and guidelines

  • The Libraries seek to support research, informational, and instruction needs in all fields of engineering from the undergraduate to graduate to post-graduate level. The library collects research journals of most engineering societies and high quality, relevant, and high use peer-reviewed journals published by commercial and non-profit publishers in engineering. The focus is on electronic format; print subscriptions are retained when no online exists or where there are licensing restrictions. The vast majority of current journals held are electronic and may or may not include deep archives; therefore paper backfiles are kept in the annex for rapid scanning and document delivery. More electronic back files are being added each year. Trade journals are collected, but not comprehensively and electronic access is always sought.

    Many engineering societies have created digital collections of their publications and most are collected to comprehensiveness. This includes the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, ASM International, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning, American Ceramic Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and SPIE International.

    Documents by government agencies and their contractors, such as NASA, EPA, Department of Energy, etc. have been collected in the past. There are some two million technical reports from various government agencies on microfiche at the Library Annex, which can be scanned. New documents are now online and those not freely available are ordered upon request.

    Databases leading to the discovery of these resources are also collected. These include Compendex, Inspec, IEEE xplore, and Web of Science among others.

    E-book (and handbook) collections are also heavily collected. These include Knovel, CRC EngNetBase, Safari Books Online,, Springer, and Morgan & Claypool.

    Standards and codes are collected but not comprehensively. These include complete collections of IEEE, ASTM, and ASHRAE. We do not have complete collections of SAE, ISO, ANSI, nor ASME standards but will order them on demand and have them cataloged. Online phase diagrams databases are available for the American Society for Metals and American Ceramic Society.

    Over the years skyrocketing journal prices have forced cancellations and the journal titles or databases with low use have been targeted.

    The Libraries have approval plans with many publishers to supply engineering books to the collection, which came automatically. Since 2011 the majority of these books are supplied electronically instead of in print. We will buy print books on demand and when not available online.


  • The twelve major departments served by the Engineering Library are located on the Ithaca campus and include:

    • Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP)
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHEME)
    • Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE)
    • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
    • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
    • Computer Science, (CS)
    • Material Science and Engineering (MSE)
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
    • Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE)
    • Systems Engineering (SE)