Computer Science


The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching programs in the Computer Science Department, which is part of the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The department’s research focus is in artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer music, computer networks, computer systems, database systems, distributed computing, machine learning, natural language processing, operating systems, programming languages, robotics, scientific computing and applied mathematics, security and cryptography, and theoretical computer science.

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

Subject areas supported are algorithms and computational complexity, artificial intelligence, data networking, databases, graphics, machine learning, programming languages, robotics, scientific computing, security and privacy, and systems.

The Department of Computer Science offers B.A., B.S., M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D. degrees.


Because of the importance of the journal literature to research in computer science, serial subscriptions are given collection priority. Online databases and reference works are preferred over print. Monographs are purchased selectively in print or electronic format based on relevance to departmental teaching and research, reviews, user requests, and faculty authors.

Formats collected

Formats and materials acquired generally

Research periodicals and scholarly monographs from academic, trade, and professional society publishers are preferred. Reference works include indexing and abstracting databases, handbooks, and encyclopedias. Electronic versions are preferred when available.

Formats and materials collected selectively or by request

  • Conference proceedings are purchased selectively.
  • Audio-visual material and technical reports are generally purchased only on request.
  • Textbooks are generally excluded unless requested by faculty.

Formats Not Collected

  • The library does not purchase hardware and software manuals, but does maintain subscriptions to several online resources that include this information, including, ProQuest Safari, and Skillport (formerly
  • Ephemera
  • Instructor’s manuals
  • Juvenile works
  • Pamphlets
  • Preprints
  • Manuscripts
  • Microform
  • Consumable workbooks

Languages collected

Materials collected are in English.

Chronological and geographical focus

Current materials are emphasized.

No geographic areas are excluded.

Collaborations within Yale

The department has close ties to mathematics and engineering, but has increasingly experienced collaborations with psychology, linguistics, economics, business, statistics, music, medicine, physics.

Works placed on course reserve are collected by Bass Library, along with books where high use is anticipated.

Subject Librarian: 

Andrew Shimp's picture Andrew Shimp
Engineering and Applied Science Librarian
(203) 432-7460