The university maintains strong technical knowledge in the shipping, ocean and nuclear fields. Its underwater robots, shipping anti-rolling technology, integrated navigation, acoustic positioning and nuclear power simulation have occupied advanced domestic and international positions, leading HEU to become one of the main forces in the basic and applied research of China's ship science and technology. It is renowned for providing key units of the navy's advanced technical equipment and being a reliable resource for developers of high-techmarine equipment in China.
The number of literature volumes collected in Harbin Engineering University Library is 3.1 million, including 1.6 million printed books, 0.66 million e-books, more than 2300 kinds of periodicals and 40 databases which includes 17 foreign full-text databases, 13 Chinese full-text databases and 0.42 million kinds of e-periodicals. Foreign databases include IEL, ACM, EBSCO, EI, and Elsevier.