The Engineering Library collects electronic and print materials for research and study in the core subject areas of bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, offshore engineering, operations research, and nuclear engineering. Chemical engineering materials are collected by the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library.
The Library has electronic access to about 4,500 engineering-related journals and continues to subscribe to a number of core print titles. Electronic books from major publishers are a significant and growing part of the collection. We also have subscriptions to all the major engineering article indexes. There is a large collection of technical reports of federally sponsored research, particularly reports from NASA, DOE, and the EPA.
Many donors have made contributions toward the acquisition of research materials. Our Giving to the Library page gives the details.
Please use the Book Purchase Recommendation Form if you would like to suggest an item to be added to the collection.
Other campus library collections that support specialized areas within engineering are:
As a branch of the UC Berkeley Library system, the Kresge Engineering Library is an open-stack library, and users are welcome to browse in the stacks (Library Floor Plan, PDF). Material is shelved by Library of Congress call number, a subject-based system. Materials circulate to UCB faculty, staff, and students. Others who wish to borrow materials may purchase a library card at the Privileges Desk in Doe Library. For more information, see Circulation Services.
The Library's electronic materials may be accessed from the public computers in any of the campus libraries. Off-campus access to licensed electronic material is limited to current UCB faculty, students, and staff.
Some of the older and lesser used materials are in storage at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF). UCB faculty, staff, and students can submit their NRLF requests online through OskiCat, as can users with a current library card. For more information, see NRLF Request.
The Kresge Engineering Library provides research assistance through our reference services. During the fall and spring semesters, reference librarians are generally available Monday through Friday by appointment. General reference service is also provided 24/7 through the 24/7 Chat Reference service (note that you may not be chatting with a Berkeley Librarian). See Ask Us for more information on research assistance.
The library has BookScan stations attached to printers and microform readers/printers. They operate with Cal 1 Cards or Cal 1 guest cards. Cards may also be used to print from public computers in the library. See Library Photocopy Services for detailed information.