Engineering and Applied Science


The collection’s primary function is to support research and teaching programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Applied Physics. 

Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported

Departments and Programs

  • Department of Applied Physics
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

All programs offer bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees.

Subject areas supported for Applied Physics include physics and devices from novel materials, optical physics and devices, and quantum information.

Fields of interest for Biomedical Engineering include biomedical imaging (magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, nuclear medicine, optical light microscopy and image processing), biomolecular engineering, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and physical and engineering biology.

Subject areas supported for Chemical and Environmental Engineering include nanomaterials, interfacial phenomena, soft matter, complex fluids, biomolecular engineering, energy, water resource engineering, sustainability, combustion, and air quality.

Subject areas supported for Electrical Engineering include computer engineering, systems (complex control, communication, biological and social systems), and the basic and applied aspects of electronics, photonics, and nanodevices.

Field of interest for Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science include combustion, fluid mechanics, amorphous materials, soft matter and complex fluids, physical and engineering biology, robotics, mechatronics, human machine interfaces, physics of novel materials, interfacial phenomena, and nanomaterials.


Engineering and applied science selection within supported subject areas is maintained at the research level for graduate study. The research level is defined as where independent research with the published sources can be pursued.

Because of the importance of the journal literature to research in engineering, 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.
  • Audiovisual material and technical reports are generally purchased only on request.
  • Textbooks are generally excluded unless requested by faculty.
  • Engineering standards are purchased individually by request.

Formats not collected

  • Ephemera
  • Instructor’s manuals
  • Hardware and software manuals
  • Juvenile works
  • Pamphlets
  • Preprints
  • Manuscripts
  • Microform

Languages collected

Materials collected are in English.

Chronological and geographical focus

Current materials are emphasized.

No geographic areas are excluded.

Collaborations within Yale

Communication occurs with librarians in biology, physics, and chemistry.

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

The Medical Library collects materials related to biomedical engineering, particularly diagnostic radiology.

The Arts Library collects some materials in the areas of building design and construction. (Engineering and Applied Science does not collect in civil engineering.)

Subject Librarian: 

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