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SFU Library Engineering Science collections policy

The School of Engineering Science at SFU puts an emphasis on high technology. Students can focus their studies in microelectronics, telecommunications, robotics, biomedical engineering, and computer aided design.

At the undergraduate level, students may work towards either a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BASc) or an Honours Bachelor of Applied Sciences. In third year, undergraduates can specialize in one of these five ares:

  1. Biomedical Engineering (honours only)
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. Electronics Engineering
  4. Engineering Physics (honours only)
  5. Systems Engineering

At the Surrey campus, students may pursue a BASc in Mechatronics. Offered only at SFU Surrey, and one of the first programs of its kind in North America, Mechatronic Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering program that uniquely integrates mechanical, electronics, control, software, and computer engineering for the development of electromechanical products and systems.

At the graduate level, the School offers two Master’s level degrees, the M.Eng. and M.A.Sc., as well as a doctoral programme (Ph.D.). Concentrations at the graduate level include:

  1. Biomedical
  2. Communications
  3. Computer Engineering
  4. Microelectronics
  5. Intelligent Systems and Control
  6. Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of the Engineering teaching areas and research interests.  Subjects are those used on the selection profiles we have with our distributors. The subjects listed are collected to varying depths.  The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table.  A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library.  In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection.  A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library.  The liaison librarian, often with the assistance of the department or faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.

 Automation  Books
 Biomedical engineering (Technology)  Books
 Control engineering  Books
 Elect & magnetic props of materials  Books
 Electronic components div  Books
 Electronic engineering  Books
 Electronic standards & specs  Books
 Engineering as career  Books
 Mechatronics  Books
 Microwave devices  Books
 Microwave engineering  Books
 Radio engineering  Books
 Robots & robotics  Books
 Acoustical engineering  Forms
 Aerospace electronics  Forms
 Antennas & waveguides  Forms
 Applied mechanics  Forms
 Applied optics  Forms
 Audioelectronic engineering  Forms
 Automation  Forms
 Biomedical engineering (Medicine)  Forms
 Biomedical engineering (Technology)  Forms
 Biosensors  Forms
 Computer circuitry  Forms
 Continuum mechanics  Forms
 Control engineering  Forms
 Elect & magnetic props of materials  Forms
 Electric insulation  Forms
 Electric motors  Forms
 Electric power systems  Forms
 Electrical circuits  Forms
 Electrical engineering  Forms
 Electrical testing  Forms
 Electronic components div  Forms
 Electronic engineering  Forms
 Electronic standards & specs  Forms
 Engineering as career  Forms
 Engineering design  Forms
 Engineering graphics  Forms
 Engineering labs  Forms
 Engineering math  Forms
 Engineering R & D  Forms
 Engineering statics & dynamics  Forms
 Fiber optics  Forms
 Fuel cells  Forms
 Fuzzy logic (Artificial intell)  Forms
 General engineering  Forms
 Holography  Forms
 Hydraulic control systems  Forms
 Image transmission  Forms
 Industrial engineering  Forms
 Laser technology  Forms
 Machine design & testing  Forms
 Mechanical engineering  Forms
 Mechanical engineering standards  Forms
 Mechanical properties of materials  Forms
 Mechatronics  Forms
 Microwave devices  Forms
 Microwave engineering  Forms
 Nanotechnology  Forms
 Network analysis (Electronics)  Forms
 Non-motorized vehicles  Forms
 Optical communication  Forms
 Optical scanners  Forms
 Patents & inventions  Forms
 Plant engineering  Forms
 Production engineering  Forms
 Radar  Forms
 Radio engineering  Forms
 Robots & robotics  Forms
 Servomechanisms & control  Forms
 Solar energy  Forms
 Space stations  Forms
 Space technology  Forms
 Spacecraft  Forms
 Technology  Forms
 Telecommunications  Forms
 Telecommunications div  Forms
 Telegraph engineering  Forms
 Telemetry  Forms
 Telephone engineering  Forms
 Thermal engineering  Forms
 Thin films (Technology)  Forms
 Underwater ships  Forms
 Vibration analysis  Forms
 Wind power plants  Forms


Collection development is the responsibility of the Engineering Liaison Librarian.  There is a dedicated Liaison Librarian for Mechatronics based at the Surrey Campus, and a Liaison Librarian for Engineering based at the Burnaby campus who work together. Liaison with the School of Engineering is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other Liaison Librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.

SFU Resources

The WAC Bennett Library (Burnaby) is the major location for the University’s Engineering collection. The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library at the Surrey campus also has a significant library collection supporting the Mechatronics program at that campus. A significant number of our academic Engineering Science books are purchased in eBook format, providing accessiblity to these materials to a wide range of library users, regardless of physical location. SFU Library's eBook collection is complemented by our wide range of online resources such as journals and databases.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large Engineering collection comprehending many branches of the discipline. A range of Engineering standards beyond SFU's collection can be found at various academic libraries in the lower mainland.

Consortia and Document Delivery

The SFU Library benefits from active participation in several library consortia. Specifically, the SFU Library participates in the following:

  • BC Electronic Library Network, representing 30 post-secondary libraries in BC
  • Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), representing 20 university libraries in western Canada
  • Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), representing 73 university libraries across Canada

Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journals articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner.  Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines

Language:   the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Treatment of subject: history of, practical, political, computer applications, statistical/mathematical, economics of, business/management/administration, legal aspects, medical aspects, social aspects, teaching of college or postgraduate level, general, psychological aspects
Types of materials: collecting is split between books and journals, with an emphasis on e-journals and online resources.
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications.  Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.