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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Books / E-books

Finding relevant books and e-books

QUB library holds thousands of books and e-books on mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, product design engineering and related subjects. You can find them by searching the Library catalogue.

Most of the relevant books are shelved on Floor 3 of the McClay Library. Relevant shelfmarks include TA, TJ, TL and TS.

Books which are in high demand are shelved 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 recognise them by the shelfmark which begins with R/, e.g.: R/TL reference books on motor vehicles, aeronautics and astronautics

E-books can be accessed both on and off-campus. Find the required book on the Library catalogue and follow the "Queen's Online Resource (Queen's Staff and Students Only)" link. You may be asked to log in with your QUB ID card details.

QCat and Shelf-marks - Locating books in the library

Not sure how to find a book in the McClay Library? Have a look at this short video or ask staff at one of the library's Enquiry Desks for help.


The Library has thousands of ebooks and they are all included in the Library Catalogue. You can easily link from the entry in the library catalogue to the full text.

Want to recommend a book / e-book?

If the library doesn't hold a book or e-book, which you would like to read - or there are not enough copies - please let your subject librarian know. 

Fill in the online book suggestion form or email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles (email:

Your subject librarian will consider every book / e-book purchase suggestion and, if appropriate, the book will be ordered for the library. We will keep you informed about the outcome of your book suggestion.

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.