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Engineering Library: Print collections

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers


The easiest way to track down a specific item is by searching iDiscover.

For guidance on how to use iDiscover most effectively, see the iDiscover LibGuide.

Please note: The Engineering Library space is closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Library Team are continuing to support staff and students by providing online access to research materials, assistance with research, and delivering our teaching in an online environment.    

Locating print collections

Image: bookshelves in the library silent space

Print resources available from the Engineering Library include:

  • 25,000 books, including Tripos reading list material
  • 200 printed journals
  • 30,000 reports including Department Technical Reports
  • Past exam papers and Tripos materials
  • Engineering PhD theses
  • Beyond Engineering materials, including CaRS study skills, wellbeing, science fiction, DVD and hardware collections

All our print collections are held in the library, and you can find them by classmark (a unique combination of letters and numbers, e.g. EP 35).

You can find the classmark when searching for the item on iDiscover, and then match it with the one on the printed label on the item.

Our collection is shelved alphabetically by classmark, beginning with A in the Silent Space, and ending with Z near the library entrance in the Collaborative Space.

Some items such as PhD theses and journals are housed in the basement. If you need one of these, you will have to ask a member of the library team to fetch it for you.

If you can't find what you're looking for, ask one of the library team for help!


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If there is a book you think we should own or a journal to which you think we should subscribe, let us know by filling in our Online Form.