The Engineering Library has supported the College of Engineering’s research and teaching missions since its establishment in 1905. The library currently collects in the following areas: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering.

Library Stacks

  • The library stacks are open to all users and browsing is encouraged.  Book are located on the far side of the library, while bound journals are shelved on the near side, with the computers. 
  • In addition to the on-site collection, many lower-demand books are now housed off-site at the University of Missouri Libraries Depository (UMLD).  Books located at UMLD may be requested by patrons through our online catalog and are generally delivered within a day or two.
  • New books are located on the bookcase directly across from the Circulation Desk and may be checked out at any time. A list of all new books received in the library is also posted online monthly.
  • We focus our collection on research materials and do not, as a rule, collect textbooks. 


  • The Engineering Library has a large collection of electronic books and journals.  These items are may be accessed from anywhere by MU-affiliated patrons and generally offer full-text searching capabilities.  They include:
    • The Ebrary collection, with more than 4,000 Computer Science and Engineering books,
    • Over 600 full-text IAEA reports related to nuclear engineering available through MyiLibrary.
    • The Knovel Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Collection, with 185 titles ranging from standard, general reference books to subject-specific handbooks.
    • E-Journals: Seventy-five percent of all engineering journal titles are now online. Patrons can use the Journal Finder to search the online collection.

Reference Collection

  • Print reference books (bibliographies, encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.) and indexes and abstracts are shelved in Library of Congress call number order in two counter-high book cases.   These materials do not circulate. 
  • Many of our most frequently used reference books, such as the ASM Handbook and the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, may now be found online. 


  • The library has an extensive collection of uncataloged reports and documents issued by the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission available on microfiche. The Engineering Library also received the SAE Technical Papers on microfiche through 1989.  One microfiche reader is available for use.   Patrons may ask at the circulation desk if they need assistance.  Patrons who wish to view microfilm must check it out and take it to the Special Collections area on the fourth floor of Ellis Library.  Microfiche may also be scanned or copied at Ellis Library.