The University Library offers different kind of material on a broad variety of topics in engineering. Access is provided to norms as well as to a huge number of online materials. All printed material as well as electronic resources can be found via the catalogue

Subject-related questions on catalog and database research can be addressed to

A selection of new acquisitions

Advanced mechanics of solids: analytical and numerical solutions with MATLAB®
Schmerr Jr., Lester W.
Cambridge University Press

The next 500 years: engineering life to reach new worlds
Mason, Christopher E.
The MIT Press

Advanced optimization for process systems engineering
Grossmann, Ignacio E.
Cambridge University Press

Méthodes numériques appliquées: Pour le scientifique et l'ingénieur [e-book]
Grivet, Jean-Philippe
Les Ulis: EDP Sciences

Consult the new printed books acquired by the LLC. New e-books are to be researched separately via

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There is a lot of information online that is not freely accessible. The University of Luxembourg Library has subscribed to many databases, e-journals and e-books which are accessible by entering your login credentials in, which are provided after becoming a member of the library.



E-books are available via – if you want to search only e-book titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Books” (in the menu on the right). For further information on how to find and access e-books in the LLC, click here.

Further directory on international e-books:

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is an online directory to increase discoverability of Open Access books. The database is included in the search as well as partly in BASE.


E-journals and Full Text Articles

E-journals are available via – if you want to search only e-journal titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “type of publication” on “Journals” (in the menu on the right). Be aware that you only search the titles of the e-journals and not the articles within them. For searching articles in journals, proceedings etc. set the filter on "Articles".

Further directories on international e-journals:


Ulrichsweb is a serials directory on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Access only within the IP-range of the campus or at the National Library (BNL).

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The database is included in the search as well as in BASE.

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service of the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the internet and offers a unified interface to access full-text articles online from all areas of research. Besides the more than 50,000 journals which are accessible free of charge to anyone, participating libraries provide their users access to the journals they subscribe to.

Catalogues and Other Databases

For searching online databases only, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Databases” (in the menu on the right).

Here is a selection of engineering databases for which the Luxembourg Learning Centre has a subscription:

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore is an online delivery system providing full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

SciTech Connect

SciTech Connect offers science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Science and Technology Organization: Scientific Publications

Scientific publications of NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO).

ASME Digital Collection

The Digital Collection of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a repository of current and archival literature featuring ASME's Transaction Journals from 1960 to the present, Conference Proceedings from 2002 to the present and Press eBooks selected from 1993 to the present.

GetInfo – Fachinformationen für Technik und Naturwissenschaften

GetInfo is a service offered by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the largest specialised library for science and technology worldwide. With GetInfo you can search in over 160 million data sets of the TIB's collection, leading specialised databases, publishers' offers, as well as in the collection of the German national libraries for medicine and economics.

ETH Bibliothek in Zurich

The library of the “Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule“ (ETH) in Zurich is the biggest public library in Switzerland on topics like technology as well as natural sciences and serves the ETH as the central university library. Furthermore the ETH Bibliothek is the centre for technological and natural scientific information serving students, researchers, companies, and other interested persons alike. 

DBIS – Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying

Overview of databases on Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying in DBIS.

DBIS – electrical engineering, measurement and control technology

Overview of databases on the electrical engineering, measurement and control technology in DBIS.

DBIS – energy, ecology, nuclear power engineering

Overview of databases on energy, environmental protection, nuclear engineering in DBIS.

DBIS – Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Manufacturing Technology, Mining and Metallurgy

Overview of databases on Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Manufacturing Technology, Mining and Metallurgy in DBIS. 

DBIS – general technology

Overview of databases on general technology in DBIS.

DBIS – process engineering, biotechnology, food technology

Overview of databases on process engineering, biotechnology, food technology in DBIS.

RSWB plus

RSWB plus contains two databases: RSWB [Raumordnung Städtebau Wohnungswesen Bauwesen] is the biggest bibliographic database for German publications concerning planning and constructing and ICONDA [The International CONstruction DAtabase] is one of the leading bibliographic databases for international literature on constructing.

ECCS - European Convention for Constructional Steelwork

The ECCS promotes the use of steelwork in the construction sector by the development of standards and promotional information. The organization brings together the Steel Industry, the Fabrication and Contracting specialists, and the Academic world through an international network of construction representatives, steel producers, and technical centres. On their website the following topics are included: News and European agenda on steel construction, Database of 600 European case studies on steel construction, Lexicon: 4000 steel construction terms in 13 languages, Steel construction glossary, Technical topics and tools, Steel bibliography, magazines and web sites, On-line bookstore, List of technical and architectural universities, Members section with minutes of all committees. - Portail luxembourgeois des sciences de la Terre

The portal offers general information, maps, publications, and much more on the geology and earth science in Luxembourg and the "Grande Région".


Online Reference Books, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

The following works on engineering are available online:

Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Subscription needed – after log in to the e-book is accessible.

Dubbel Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau

Subscription needed – after log in to the e-book is accessible.

Hütte – Das Ingenieurwissen

Subscription needed – after log in to the e-book is accessible.

Dictionary Civil Engineering

Dictionary on civil engineering (English – German – Russian).


Electropedia (also known as the "IEV Online") is produced by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the world's most comprehensive online electrical and electronic terminology database containing more than 20 000 terms and definitions in English and French organized by subject area, with equivalent terms in various other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish (coverage varies by subject area).


The online multilingual technical dictionary ARABTERM.ORG is a joint publication of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


The DIN-TERMinology Portal is a gateway to the DIN terminology database "DIN-TERM" that contains all terms defined in German Standards.

My Green Dictionary

My Green Dictionary is specifically designed to be used by experts commissioned with the environmental assessment of properties (i.e. Environmental Due Diligence).


Dictionary on water and sewage with around 2,500 entries – texts in German with English translation of the dictionary entries.




Statista is one of the world’s largest statistics and market data platforms with access to more than 1 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics on 80.000 topics from more than 22.500 sources.

Thesauri and Classifications

Thesaurus Technik & Management (TEMA) – NOT FREELY ACCESSIBLE

Overview of TEMA Thesaurus.

CEDB Subject Headings

The website contains the subject headings used for the Civil Engineering Database (CEDB).

Derwent Biotechnology Abstract Thesaurus

This Thesaurus is designed to facilitate searching of the Derwent BIOTECHNOLOGY ABSTRACTS online database. The contents include the searchable keywords, non-searchable synonyms, and generic terms (higher terms) associated with the keywords.

IEEE Taxonomy

Systematic access to the IEEE Thesaurus.

IEEE Thesaurus

The IEEE Thesaurus contains more than 9000 terms of electrical engineering.

The International Welding Thesaurus

Thesaurus of the International Institutes of Welding


The Basic Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (BARTOC) is a database of Knowledge Organization Systems and KOS related registries.



Abbreviations may differ between or even within a branch of sciences. Journals often define the standard of the publication style within their author guidelines.

Science and Engineering Journal Abbreviations

The Woodward Library offers a database of abbreviations for journal titles from natural sciences and technology.

Terms and Definitions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

ITU Terms and Definitions is an online database providing access to all the abbreviations and acronyms, terms and definitions contained in the ITU Publications.

France Terme

France Term is a set of terms of different scientific and technical fields in French.

Web of Science: Journal Title Abbreviations

List of journals and their abbreviations.



To check the website of The Institut Luxembourgeois de la Normalisation, de l'Accréditation, de la Sécurité et qualité des produits et services (ILNAS), click here.

The most important international institutions of standardization:


Homepage of the International Organization for Standardization. 

CEN - Comite Europeen de Normalisation

Homepage of the European Committee for Standardization in Brussels

CENELEC (Europäische Komitee für elektrotechnische Normung)

CENELEC is the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization and is responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical engineering field.

ETSI (Europäische Institut für Telekommunikationsnormen)

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute, produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and Internet technologies.

IEC (Internationale Elektrotechnische Kommission)

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

Deutsches Institut für Normung - DIN

Homepage of the German Institute for Standardization.

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Homepage of the ANSI.

ASTM - American Society for Testing Materials

Homepage of the ASTM.



For patents the following websites might be useful:

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system is a bilateral system which has been jointly developed by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It combines the best classification practices of the two offices.

International Patent Classification (IPC)

The International Patent Classification (IPC), established by the Strasbourg Agreement 1971, provides for a hierarchical system of language independent symbols for the classification of patents and utility models according to the different areas of technology to which they pertain.

STN International

STN is a leading information service in the field of research and patent information.


The German Patent and Trademark Office provides DEPATISnet (Deutsche Patentinformationssystem) where international patents can be searched.


The European Patent office publishes Espacenet that contains data on more than 100 million patent documents from around the world.

Google patents search

Google's offer to search for patents only.



The engineering book collection is housed at the Luxembourg Learning Centre on the second floor. Fragile, old or valuable material is in storage and needs to be ordered via the “Request” button above the location details of an entry.


Classification, Signage

The books are sorted on the shelves according to a subject related classification. Engineering material will mainly be found between the classification numbers 620-629 and 660-699.

DDC Example : the call number field in the "Get this at a library"-tab might show something like "624.1 Dud". This is the code printed on the book spine to find it on the shelf. The figures represent the main content of the book – in this case:

         600 =    General technology
         620 =    Engineering & allied operations
         624 =    Civil engineering
         624.1 = Structural engineering and underground construction

The three characters behind the figures are the first letters of the author's name or the book title – this helps to further separate the material shelved under the same call number.


Reference Works

You will find below a selection of reference works on engineering which are available in the University Library:

Richard C. Dorf

The engineering handbook

Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, 2005

Joanne Kaufmann

Handbook of sustainable engineering

New York : Springer, 2013

Barlier, Claude

Ingénierie & mécanique : conception et dessin

Paris : Casteilla, 2011

Zilch, Konrad

Handbuch für Bauingenieure : Technik, Organisation und Wirtschaftlichkeit

Berlin : Springer Berlin, 2011

Böge, Alfred

Handbuch Maschinenbau : Grundlagen und Anwendungen der Maschinenbau-Technik,

Wiesbaden : Vieweg+Teubner, 2010

Ose, Rainer

Elektrotechnik für Ingenieure : Grundlagen

München : Hanser, 2014

Wildi, Théodore


Bruxelles : De Boeck, 2005

Chattopadhyay, Surajit

Basic electrical engineering

Oxford : Alpha Science, 2010

Wickert, Jonathan

An introduction to mechanical engineering

Florence KY : Cengage Learning, 2012

Myer Kutz

Handbook of measurement in science and engineering

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2013

Badiru, Adedeji B.

Handbook of industrial engineering equations, formulas, and calculations

Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, 2011


Fachwörterbuch industrielle Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Automatisierungstechnik - Dictionary of electrical engineering, power engineering and automation

Erlangen : Publicis Corporate Publishing, 2003


Printed Journal Collection (and other periodical works)

For engineering most of the relevant journals are not offered in print but as e-journals that are discoverable via The print versions of journals need to be ordered from storage. For more information on how to do this, see Journals.

University Course Pages:


Interesting Sites


The following sites may be of interest if you are studying engineering (free access):

VDI Nachrichten

This engineering information portal offers technical News, job postings, event calendar and subject related bulletin boards.

European Metrology Association for Thermal Energy Measurement (EMATEM)

EMATEM serves the promotion of free exchange of scientific information and research in the field of thermal energy measurement.

Direct Industry - virtual industrial fair


Who's who in European Business and Industry


Directory of biographical information on important persons in the history of technology

Short biographic information on persons connected with literature that is part of the catalogue “History of Technology”.

Advanced Science News


Building Green



Websites of Associations and Societies in Engineering:

AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen

AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) - Amtliche Mitteilungen

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology

NACE International, The Corrosion Society

VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau)

SAE International

SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers


VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V.

VDI - Verein Deutscher Ingenieure

World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)


International Engineering Museums:

Luxembourg Science Center (L)

Musée des arts et métiers (F)

Science Museum in London (UK)

Technisches Museum Wien (A)

Museum für Kommunikation Bern (CH)

Deutsches Technikmuseum (D)

Deutsches Kunststoffmuseum (D)

Deutsches Museum (D)


To stay informed about worldwide conferences, you can check the following websites:

IEEE Conferences

VDI Veranstaltungen

Conference Alerts



To learn more about evaluating the quality of websites and the information in them, check the following links:

How to Evaluate Web Resources

How To Evaluate Information – Checklist

Evaluating Web Pages


For more information about training courses at the library, please click here.