Engineering Faculty Guide to the Library: Finding Books & Media
Books, Encyclopedias, Media, etc.
- While half of our books are online, many print books are also in the automated retrieval system (ASRS) in the Pew Campus Steelcase Library and on shelves in the library in Allendale. "Call numbers" are a subject-grouping system, that also can serve as shelf locations, in order alphabetically then numerically.
- Books in the call number areas T though TT are on different aspects of engineering and technology. Biomedical engineering topics should always be checked also in the R-RZ areas (Medicine).
- Use the Advanced Search to easily narrow your search to specific media (e.g. books, or DVDs, films, etc.). If we don't have what you're looking for, check 'Borrowing Books From Other Libraries' in the box below -- Or contact your Engineering Liaison Librarian, Debbie Morrow!
Borrowing Books from Other Libraries
On February 1, 2021 GVSU Libraries will temporarily stop borrowing books from other libraries via MeLCat as GVSU Libraries change our search software. In the meantime, you can request items we do not own through our Document Delivery service, or pick up MeLCat loans from your public library. Learn more about this service change.
OER Textbooks for Engineering
Open Educational Resources (OER) are ebooks, e-textbooks, and all other kinds of teaching/learning materials that are freely available to use as is, or to adapt. OER can be a powerful way to make course textbooks less of a financial burden for students, ensuring that all students start from an even playing field because textbook expenses are not a barrier.
New resource: The Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) of ASEE has curated a list of Open engineering textbooks in 12 broad engineering disciplines. Please consider browsing the list in your engineering teaching area(s), and exploring textbooks that might be suitable substitutes for your current required course texts!