Chemical Engineering


The chemical engineering collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Chemical Engineering Department as well as a number of other departments across campus. These include the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Food Science, the Pulp and Paper Centre, the Program in Pulp and Paper Engineering, the Program in Science and Technology Management, and Fire Protection Engineering.

Overview of the strengths of the existing collection

UBC has a strong chemical engineering collection. There is a standing order for NTIS fiche in the area of air pollution and control. UBC has current and superseded ANSI and CSA standards and a biennial subscription to ASTM standards. Practically all publications of AIChE and ACS are collected. Many of the Electrochemical Society publications are held as well as ASTM STP’s. The PATSCAN office in the UBC Library does searches of the worldwide patent literature.

Current areas of collecting

The chemical engineering selector covers chemical processes, chemical manufacture, heat transfer, chemical process, control, and modelling, electrochemical engineering, pollution control, energy and food processing. Less emphasis is on fermentation science and technology, low temperature engineering, oils, fats, and waxes, polymer manufacture, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering.

Research and publishing characteristics

Engineers rely less on library materials than do pure scientists. Most materials utilized are  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 Europe.


Materials on pulp and paper are not collected. Ordering is highly selective in the areas of textiles, paints, and explosives. Only selected ISO standards are held. Not all CRC publications are ordered. Industrial state-of-the-art reviews are extremely expensive and are not ordered.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Woodward Library: Biotechnology and biochemical and biomedical engineering.