Civil Engineering


The civil engineering collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Civil Engineering Department as well as a number of other units across campus. These include the departments of geological sciences, geophysics and astronomy, the Geological Engineering Program, the Hydrology Program, the Remote Sensing Council, the Centre for Transportation Studies, Urban Studies, the Westwater Research Centre, the Program in Science and Technology Management, Bioresources Engineering, and Fire Protection Engineering.

Overview of the strengths of the existing collection

UBC Library has a strong collection in civil engineering. Most ASCE publications are purchased. There is a standing order for NTIS fiche in the areas of soil and rock mechanics, transportation, water pollution control, and solid wastes pollution and control. UBC has current and superseded ANSI and CSA standards and a biennial standing order for ASTM standards. The PATSCAN office in the UBC Library searches the worldwide patent literature.

Current areas of collecting

The civil engineering selector aims to support curriculum and research requirements for coastal and ocean engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, materials (timber, cement, concrete) and fracture mechanics, structural engineering, applied mechanics, reliability theory and probabilistic methods, water resources, and hydraulic engineering. The selector orders material to support curriculum requirements for construction engineering and management, transportation engineering, hydrology, surveying, and bridge engineering.

Research and publishing characteristics

Engineers rely less on library materials than do pure scientists. Most materials utilized are in English, but many engineering materials come from Japan, the former Soviet Union, and Western Europe. Books are important for background material and as handbooks. Periodicals both old and new are important. The number of periodical titles is proliferating. Professional societies provide the core of the literature and can present problems for acquisitions. Patents, standards, and technical reports are important. Conference proceedings are gaining in importance.


Predominantly English.

Geographic origin

Predominantly North America and England.


Industrial reviews are not ordered.