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Construction management and engineering: Books

A guide to finding information in construction management and engineering. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: hughes construction contracts

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Also useful to search the CIS database for reports, guides and books which you do not find in the catalogue or Summon.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Key locations

2nd Floor


004 Computer science
347           Law Treatises
347.225 Construction law
347.2255 Construction contracts

3rd Floor


620 Engineering
620.11 Engineering materials
621.4  Heat engineering and prime movers 
624 Civil engineering
624.17 Structural engineering
658  Management (business; engineering; industrial) 
658.404  Project management 
658.92  Engineering management 
658.99  Management in the construction industry 
690 Building construction
691 Building construction materials
692.3 Building standards and specifications
692.4 Building contracts
692.5 Quantities and costs
692.6 Building supervision
693 Systems of building construction
697 Heating, ventilating, air conditioning engineering
711 Area planning
720 Architecture
720.42 Inclusive environments
721 Architectural construction
729 Architectural design and decoration


Call Numbers for selected topics

Air conditioning in buildings 697.93
Architect’s detail drawings 692.2
Architecture and the environment 720.47

BIM 690.0285
Building estimates 692.5
Building laws and codes 692.9

City planning 711.4
Concrete construction, Structural 624.183
Concrete construction 691.3

Developing/emerging economies 338.4769091724

Energy conservation in building 697
Energy conservation, Architecture 720.472

Facilities management 658.2
Fire prevention 693.82
Foundation engineering 624.15

Green buildings 720.47

Health & safety in construction 690.22
Human factors engineering 620.82

Maintenance of buildings 690.24

Noise in buildings 693.834
Nuclear engineering 621.48

Photovoltaic power generation 621.31244

Real estate business 333.33
Renewable energy resources / Engineering 621.4
Renewable energy resources 333.794
Repair of buildings 690.24
Residential buildings 728
Road engineering 625.7
Roofing and roofing materials 695

Safety in construction 690.22
Site planning 720.28
Soil mechanics 624.151
Solar buildings 720.472
Solar engineering 621.47
Solar heating 697.78
Steel construction 693.7
Sustainable architecture 720.47

Urban redevelopment 711.59

Wind power engineering 621.45

New books

Citation example in the Harvard style

Nunnally, S.W. (2011) Construction methods and management. 8th edn. Boston: Pearson Education international.

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: