Metals and Materials Engineering


The metals and materials engineering collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Engineering Department as well as a number of other departments across campus. These include the Departments of Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, Geological Sciences, Geophysics and Astronomy, the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering, the Program in Science and Technology Management, and AMPEL.

Overview of the strengths of the existing collection

The metals and materials collection includes most publications from CIM, TMS (The Metallurgical Society of AIME), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Iron and Steel Society of AIME, ASTM, Australasian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, South African Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, and ASM International. UBC carries current and superseded ANSI and CSA standards, and has a biennial subscription to ASTM standards.

Current areas of collecting

The metals and materials engineering selector covers physical metallurgy, corrosion, hydrometallurgy, fibre composites, ceramic processes and properties, pyrometallurgy, remelting processes, and semiconductor crystal structures. Less emphasis is on powder metallurgy, metal casting, electrorefining, and thermomechanical processing.

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.


Rich collection of handbooks and encyclopaedias, as well as monographs and relevant serials and databases.


Predominantly English.

Geographic origin

Predominantly North America and Europe.


Highly selective in the field of powder metallurgy. Limited selection of ISO standards and MRS (Materials Research Society) publications. Industrial reviews are not ordered.