General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy.

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection activity in Mechanical Engineering is to develop a research level collection and to support the instructional curriculum and academic subject emphases of the Mechanical Engineering department and related research centers.

Academic Department/Program Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

The department offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy, with a specialization in any of the following major areas: Bioengineering and Systems Biology (BSB), Computational Science and Engineering (CSE); Dynamical Systems, Control and Robotics (DCR); Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences (FTS). Micro/Nano Technology (MNT); and Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures (SMMS). Many departmental researchers are also involved in interdisciplinary institutes and programs including the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC), California Nanosystems Institute, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering at UC Santa Barbara and the Technology Management Program.


Materials purchased in mechanical engineering support the research and curriculum needs of the department and are generally current English language resources. Preference is given to electronic formats due to space considerations in the library as well as convenience of access.

Because the budget for serials is fully committed, new subscriptions are considered only if an equivalent dollar amount of existing local subscriptions can be cancelled.

Systemwide and Other Resources

In order to maximize our purchasing power, the vast majority of materials selected for mechanical engineering are purchased consortially with other UC campuses.  These include:

  • Databases, including Compendex and Web of Science.
  • Monographs, including titles from Elsevier, Materials Research Society, Springer, and Wiley.
  • Serials, including titles from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,, Elsevier, Institution of Mechanical Engineers . Materials Research Society, Springer, and Wiley.

Subject librarian: Charles F. Huber
Policy Last Updated: April 2015