Best Civil Engineering Books

Civil Engineering Books and Construction Books for professionals and students.


Soil Mechanics includes the study of the behavior of soil, rock and underground water that are encountered in civil engineering practice. It includes the study of the classification and properties of different types of soils and rocks. It is a discipline of Civil Engineering involving the study of soil, its behavior, and application as an engineering material. It applies of laws of mechanics and hydraulics to engineering problems dealing with sediments and other unconsolidated accumulations of solid particles, which are produced by the mechanical and chemical disintegration of rocks, regardless of whether or not they contain an admixture of organic constituents.

Terzaghi, K., Peck, R. B. & Mesri, G., Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice, Wiley, 1996.
McCarthy D.F. “Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations”. Prentice-Hall, 2002
Craig. R.F., “Soil Mechanics”. E & FN Spon, London, and New York, 2007
Soil Mechanics (Series in Soil Engineering) 1st Edition by T. William. Whitman, Robert V., Lambe
Experimental Soil Mechanics 1st Edition by Jean-Pierre Bardet



Granger, R.A., Fluid Mechanics.
Fox W.R. and McDonald A.T ., Introduction to Fluid Mechanics John-Wiley and Sons,
Streeter, V.L., and Wylie, E.B., “Fluid Mechanics”, McGraw Hill, 2000.
 J.F. Douglas, J.M. Gasiorek, and J.A. Swaffield, Fluid Mechanics.
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications 3rd Edition by Yunus Cengel, John Cimbala


It is the branch of mechanics that deals with deformable bodies and forces acting on it. It forms the basis of the study of structural analysis and design.

R.C.Hibbeler-Mechanics of Materials
F .P. Beer, E.R. Johnston, and J. T. DeWolf, Mechanics of Materials
Timoshenko – Strength of materials
J.M. Gere, Mechanics of Materials,
 I.H. Shames, Introduction to the Solid Mechanics
S.H. Crandall, N.C. Dhal and T .J. Lardner, Mechanics of Solids: An Introduction



Geotechnical engineering is concerned with the design of foundations, retaining structures, and behavior of earth materials such as soil or rock. It uses the principle of soil mechanics, to investigate subsurface conditions and materials and relevant physical and chemical properties of the materials.

Principles of Geotechnical Engineering by Braja M. Das
An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering by Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, Thomas C. Sheahan
Soils and Foundations by Cheng Liu, Jack Evett Ph.D.
The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations, Second Edition 2nd Edition by John Atkinson
Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement 1st Edition by Jie Han
Soil Strength and Slope Stability 2nd Edition by J. Michael Duncan, Stephen G. Wright, Thomas L. Brandon