About the Science and Engineering Library (SEL)


The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) is comprised of two collections in separate locations:  SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection in 8270 Boelter Hall and SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection in 4697 Geology Building. The SEL/Chemistry Collection formerly in 4238 Young Hall was closed to the public on July 1, 2010. 

The SEL collections include more than 576,000 volumes, more than 5,400 serials currently received, and more than four million technical reports. Staffing includes four FTE librarians, four FTE staff personnel, and seven FTE student employees.

Reference service is provided weekdays by library staff members at the Boelter Hall facility. Reference help is also available by email.  Consultations are available by appointment. For UCLA students, faculty, and staff, many article databases are available via web access. Searches of these article databases offer rapid access to the full-text of thousands of books and journals via UC e-Links.

SEL librarians can provide classroom demonstrations of online resources, including journal article databases, electronic journals and reference sources, the UCLA Library Catalog, and other library catalogs. Course-related instruction is available upon the request of faculty members. Please contact an SEL subject librarian to discuss course-related library assignments.

SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection

8270 Boelter Hall; 310.825.4951 (Hours and Location)
Among the top academic engineering libraries in the United States, the SEL/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection collects and maintains a research-level collection to meet the information needs of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) and the departments of physics and astronomy, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, computer science, and statistics. The library also houses laptop lending, the SEL research commons, and the Russell O’Neill Presentation Studio.

SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection

4697 Geology Building; 310.825.1055  (Hours and Location)
The SEL/Geology-Geophysics Collection is strong in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, space physics, planetary science, seismology, and regional geology. All publications of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), publications of western U.S. state geological surveys, and many international geological surveys are collected. The adjoining William C. Putnam Map Collection holds ninety thousand topographic and geologic maps and is a depository for USGS geologic map series and topographic maps for California, Nevada, and Arizona.