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Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science: Books

Relevant book collections

Most books on computer science, software engineering, information technology, electrical engineering and related subjects can be found on Floor 3 of the McClay Library. Relevant shelfmarks include QA76 and TK.

Books which are in high demand can be found in the Short Loan Collection, on the ground floor of the McClay Library.

Reference books, such as encyclopaedias and handbooks, are shelved at the start of the book sequence on Floor 3. You can recognize them by the shelfmark which begins with R/ (e.g. R/QA76 - computer science reference books, R/TK - electrical engineering reference books).

QCat and Shelf-marks - Locating books in the library

Want to recommend a book?

Is a book on your reading list but not in the library? Let us know!

Fill in our book form or email your subject librarian.

Books not on reading lists 

The library also considers purchasing suggestions for books which are not on module reading lists. If you'd like to recommend a book for the library collection, please email your subject librarian.


The Library has thousands of ebooks. You can find them by searching the QCat Library catalogue.

Safari Books Online is an ebooks package containing 100 computer science titles:

Finding a wider range of books using COPAC

Sometimes the Library may not have a particular book you need, or not enough books on your topic.

You can use COPAC, the combined catalogues of more than 80 major UK and Irish libraries, to identify additional books which may be relevant for your research. Then either request a temporary loan of the book via the Inter-Library Loans service or email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles, if you think the book should be purchased for the Library.