Library Services



Book collections

Engineering reading room

The Engineering collection is on the 4th floor of the Science Library. There may be relevant material elsewhere in the Science Library, particularly the Computer Science collections on the 4th floor, and Physics, Mathematics and Geology on the 3rd. Books are classified according to UCL's own classification scheme.

All our books our indexed via Explore - use the Library Catalogue filter to search for books and journals by title. Ebooks can also be found on Explore and should be searched in the same way as printed material (you will need your computing username and password for off-campus access).

Older and less heavily used material is held in the Library Stores Service. Store books should be requested online via Explore, and will normally be available for collection within one working day.

New students should refer to our getting started guide for general information on borrowing, finding books on your reading list etc.

Journal collections

Most Engineering journals are available online. Search Explore using the UCL Journals filter and follow the View Online or findit@UCL links. Alternatively a full list of ejournals is also available. 

Where held in print, the location of a journal can be found by searching Explore. Some items are held in Store and can be requested. Journals are not borrowable, but may be photocopied or scanned in the library.

Online resources

Indexes, abstracts and full-text collections

The Library subscribes to a number of databases which are relevant to engineering, of which the following might be particularly useful:

GENERAL Engineering:

The following general engineering resources are particularly useful for undergraduate students

  • Compendex indexes engineering journals, proceedings and reports back to 1969.
  • Engineer-It holds product and supplier information for design and manufacturing, process engineering and electronics.
  • Knovel is an interactive database and ebook provider containing full-text science and engineering publications and including tables, graphs and equations which can be manipulated and exported.
  • SCOPUS multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources. For further information see the online tutorials at SCOPUS.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science journals from 1981 onwards. You can follow a number of online tutorials in various languages on the Web of Knowledge YouTube channel.
  • British Standards Online gives access to the complete collection of current British Standards, together with European and International equivalents. For further information, see the library guide.
  • EMBASE is a comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database renowned for extensive indexing of drug information.
  • SciFinder Scholar provides access to the databases produced by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). *nb: the first time you use the web version of SciFinder, you will need to register your details via a UCL networked computer*
  • Reaxys is a chemical information system, covering chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions. It includes the content of the three CrossFire databases: Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry Database, producing a single results set. Online tutorials are provided on the website.
  • PubMed indexes biomedical literature, including all data from the Medline database from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Medline is the premier database for journal articles in the health sciences. For further information follow the online tutorials provided on the PubMed website.
  • Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry is a comprehensive encyclopaedia of science and technology as applied to industrial chemistry. Subject areas include inorganic and organic chemicals, advanced materials, polymers and plastics, metals and alloys, and many others.
  • Concrete Society Reference Database indexes publications about concrete and its use in construction, accessed via the Construction Information Service. Covers books, journal articles, conference papers, standards and technical reports. Select Construction Information Service and then Concrete Society - The Reference Database.
  • Construction Information Service indexes standards, regulatory and advisory documents for the UK construction industry plus their full-text images, either scanned facsimiles or in Adobe PDF format.
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts indexes and abstracts of all major journals that publish significant earthquake engineering research.
  • Encyclopedia of Earth is an encyclopedia covering the Earth, its natural environments and their interaction with society. Articles are written in non-technical language by scholars, professionals, educators and experts who collaborate and review each other's work.
  • Geobase is an index of literature in the fields of physical and human geography, geology, oceanography, geomechanics, mineralogy, ecology and development studies.
  • Georef indexes geoscience journals, books, maps, conference papers and reports.
  • ICE Virtual Library offers full text of civil engineering journals published by Thomas Telford and Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • Landmap provides orthorectified satellite image mosaics of Landsat (including Mediterranean), SPOT and ERS radar data and a high resolution Digital Elevation Model for the British Isles.
  • Structurae: International Database and Gallery of Structures gives information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction, from the Egyptians and Romans to the present day. Structurae deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc.
  • Inspec covers physics, electronics, computing, control engineering and information technology.
  • IEEE Xplore gives the full text of IEEE and IET journals and conference proceedings back to 1988, and the current IEEE standards. For more information, see IEEE's online tutorials.
  • SPIE Digital Library the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing access to more than 200,000 technical papers from SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present.
MECHANICAL Engineering
  • ASTM SEDL Digital Library access to standards from ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, and a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
  • Marine Technology Abstracts indexes articles and other material in all aspects of marine technology.

Can't find what you're looking for? Try another library, suggest a purchase, or consider placing an Inter Library Loan request, for a small charge of £3.


Bibliographic Software such as Endnote can be used to store and manage your references, create formatted bibliographies and de-duplicate your search results.For more information on using this software please see the library guide to Endnote and/or our training module in Moodle WISE.

General Resources

Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

The Institution of Structural Engineers Library is also open to all members of the UCL Engineering Faculty. The Library is located at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH.

The London office of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is at 1 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PN. Email the IChemE for details of student membership.

The Energy Institute library is free for members of the Energy Institute. The Energy Institute holds a comprehensive collection of published material on all aspects of the oil and other energy industries. The library is at 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR

The British Library is a useful resource for all subjects. You will need to bring identification to register, please review the BL's instructions on registering before visiting.

In many cases we can borrow books, journal volumes and individual articles and book chapters from other libraries on your behalf via our interlending service (at a cost of £3 per request).

Information Skills training can be arranged by request. If you haven't heard about any training and are interested in arranging a session speak to your tutors or contact your Subject Librarian

Online training in information skills including literature searching, referencing and use of reference management tools, specific electronic resources etc. is available in the Library's moodle module WISE: Information Skills from Library Services

Training for postgraduate students is available via the UCL Doctoral School including training in reference management software, abstracting and indexing databases and bibliometrics. 

One to one help is also available via appointment with your subject librarian.

General support for researchers is available. Contact your Subject Librarian for one to one support including training in literature searching, referencing, use of bibliometric data, making your research available on open access, access to other libraries etc.