Located on the eastern side of the HEU campus, the library consists of six  floors above the ground and one basement floor with a total area of about 50,000  square meters. The architecture consists of a square central area with two  symmetrical circular arches on two sides. The collection area is composed of  borrowing stacks, reading stacks and compact stacks. In addition, the periodical  area consists of reading rooms for current or past journals and bound journals.  Also, there is a digital reading area, which includes an electronic reading  room, a multi-function reading room and WIFI zones. Furthermore, there are  common areas for reading, and other areas that can be reserved for discussions,  lesson preparation, multi-media presentations and reports, with almost 5,000  seats available in all.
                               The library is rich in its collection of  documents, with equal emphasis on the collection of books in physical and  digital forms, with full coverage in natural sciences, social sciences and  humanities, giving particular stress to shipping, ocean exploration and nuclear  science and related fields, which contributes to both the comprehensiveness and  specialty of the HEU library while offering solid and immediate support to the  teaching and research of the staff. Currently, HEU has more than 2,100,000 books  in all and subscribes to 1,300 different periodicals in both Chinese and foreign  languages each year. It is also easy to get access to 52 research databases like  SCI, EI, Elsevier, CNKI in both Chinese and foreign languages.
                               The library  provides services like searches of both Chinese and foreign books as well as  periodical catalogs, personal reading records, book reservation, renewing and  recommendation. Some books come with CDs. Retrieval and downloading of  information from these and from other multimedia resources is made possible  through HRBEU Library Nonbook Resource Management Platform. In addition to the  regular books borrowing service, the library also offers consultation, science  and technology novelty search, citation certificate, documents delivery,  interlibrary borrowing, training and other services for readers. Moreover,  courses in information retrieval, information analysis and prediction, etc are  open to the graduate and under
                            Harbin Engineering University Library has grown from the 270,000 books of  the PLA Military Engineering Institute.As HEU developed, the library extended  its collection, so that by 1990 the total number of books exceeded 3,000,000.  Since the 1990s, HEU has been subject to strategic expansion and adjustment in  layout. As a result, there has been a significant development in the size and  types of library resources, resulting in comprehensive literature information  resources in key disciplines. By the end of 2006, the number of books in the  library collection was about 1.6045 milliuon, with 2,431 newspapers and  periodicals.
                               The Library adapted to the rapid advancement of electronic  and online services by vigorously strengthening its electronic collection,  whilst continuing to focus on its print resources. After 2002, the library  adjusted its procurement policy, with the result that the budget for electronic  resources increased year on year. At the same time, the emphasis shifted from  Chinese only databases to a balanced collection of Chinese and foreign databases  and from prestige journal artcles to multiple document types.
                               The library  always keeps in mind the need to manage its information resources around the  disciplines and specialities, the curriculum and research needs of HEU, striving  to achieve the optimal allocation of resources. There is a particular emphasis  on the development of specialized professional collections in the shipbuilding  industry, marine equipment, marine development and nuclear energy  application.
                               By the end of 2013, the library enjoys 3.0446 million copies  in literature resources (including departments), of which 2.1149 million copies  are printed books, 929,700 copies are electronic books. There are 58 databases,  of which 22 are Chinese ones, and 36 foreign ones. We have 1,463 printed  newspapers and magazines, including 1,376 kinds of newspapers in Chinese, and 87  in foreign languages.