Collection Policies

General Collection Guidelines
Collecting Codes

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program offers degrees on the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels and includes graduate and faculty research programs. It prepares students both for professional practice in engineering and for research and teaching careers in the field. The university's program emphasizes the following components of civil engineering: environmental engineering, water resources engineering, structural engineering, coastal engineering, and geotechnical engineering. Classes offered, student enrollment, primary faculty research interests, and the library collection follow this emphasis.


Language: English (or translation into English) is the language of the collection. Because of limited funds, no other languages will be currently collected except through gifts. Current technical translating dictionaries will be selected for the reference collection in German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese and other languages as funds are available but will not receive top priority in allocation of funds.

Chronological Guidelines: For most parts of the curriculum, collection emphasis is on currently published materials on current research and development. There will be selective retrospective purchasing in specific areas such as water systems.

Geographical Guidelines: Current selection will continue to emphasize U.S. based materials. Exceptions will be made in cases where the curriculum or current research clearly requires materials on techniques in particular countries or areas of the world or on specific non-U.S. theories or methods.
Treatment of Subject: Areas of emphasis follow the curriculum emphases: environmental and water resources engineering; structural engineering; coastal engineering; and geotechnical engineering.

Types of Materials: All scholarly materials should be collected, including monographs, journals (both scholarly and professional), proceedings, electronic indexing and full text resources, and research reports. Through the approval plan, some undergraduate and introductory texts will be purchased to supplement curriculum instruction.

Date of Publication: Emphasis will be largely on currently published materials.

Purpose and Scope of Current Collection: The library collection should be on a Research Level in order to support a doctoral program fully. However, because the library has consistently had very limited collection funds and many competing programs, the current collection can best be described as on the Advanced Study Level or somewhat higher. Because of the approval program, which has been in place for over 10 years, the library has a collection of books which supports undergraduate and graduate coursework. This collection is heavily used. The library has a large number of current subscriptions for engineering journals which more than adequately support an Advanced Study Level (masters and bachelor degree programs), but which should be expanded to support doctoral and faculty research. As a result of the 1991-92 periodicals cancellation project and the current financial inability of the library to purchase additional journals, the library has lost ground in its goal of providing a good research collection for its Civil Engineering faculty. In another area significant for research, conference proceedings are frequently blocked from the approval plan because of high cost. Library holdings for proceedings, papers, and research reports are therefore spotty. Faculty allocation funds are currently inadequate to cover research needs. To support faculty and doctoral research adequately, important proceedings and papers should be consistently and comprehensively collected.

Subject Division
Collecting Level
key to collecting codes
Environmental Engineering   
(includes water and water resources, water quality, hydrology, solid and hazardous wastes, pollution and pollution control, and air quality) 
3b - Advanced Study Level 
(desired: 4 - Research  Level) 
Structural Engineering  
(includes structural design, dynamics and stability; specific materials such as concrete and steel) 
3b - Advanced Study Level 
(desired: 4 - Research Level) 
Coastal Engineering   
(includes hydromechanics, coastal structure design, port engineering, dredging) 
3b - Advanced Study Level 
(desired: 4 - Research Level) 
Geotechnical Engineering   
(includes soil mechanics, foundation engineering, seismic design, earth retaining structures, earthquake engineering) 
3b - Advanced Study Level 
(desired: 4 - Research Level) 
Transportation    2a - Basic Level 
Construction Management/Methods    3a - Introductory Study Level 
Pipeline Engineering    1 - Minimal Level 

key to collecting codes
TA417-787 Structural dynamics, Advanced study  
TA654 Water and wave loads Advanced study  
TA654-975 Soil mechanics Advanced study  
TC1-183 Hydraulic engineering Advanced study   
TC187-188 Dredging Advanced study  
TC203-373 Harbor engineering Advanced study  
TC373-558 Water quality, water quality management Advanced study  
TD172-326 Environmental pollution Advanced study  
TD365-794 Water resources, Water supply Advanced study  

Sewage, solid wastes, hazardous wastes Advanced study  
TG Structural dynamics Advanced study  
TH1610-5591 Concrete, steel, foundations, etc. Advanced study  
TH6521-6558 Sewerage systems Advanced study  

Date: February 25, 1994; revised May 19, 1998
Bibliographer:  Ann Pettingill