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Library and Archives

The Knowledge Centre forms part of the Faraday Centre - a comfortable, welcoming space designed for members' use.

Members can access a wealth of searchable information - in print and online - from our outstanding specialist engineering-related collections.

The IET Archives has moved to their new location at Savoy Hill House. A purpose-built repository housing core collections and the rare books libraries is now open to researchers. 

Visit our Library

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Library resources

Library services

Welcome to the IET Knowledge Centre

Information on library membership, loans and renewals, the library bookshop, book reviews, and tours.

Search the library online catalogue

Search the library catalogue

Due to an urgent system upgrade, the IET Library’s online catalogue is not currently available.

Members will be notified once the system goes live. For book loans and renewals please contact us. Members can still borrow books from the Knowledge Centre during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Virtual Library

Virtual Library

Electronic books and journals: EBSCO, Engineering and IT Reference Library, Knovel and Wiley. 

Research service

Research and document supply services

A free enquiry service, and document supply and interlibrary loans at charged rates.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the Library

There are a number of ways the IET Library can help you in achieving your goals in CPD

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Archives resources

IET Archives

Welcome to the IET Archives

A unique collection of material promoting and preserving the history of science, engineering and technology. 

Image from Giovani Aldini's Essai theorique et experimental sur le Galvanisme 1804

Search the Archives online catalogue

Search catalogue descriptions from deposited collections and IET records. 

Detail from Mazda Electric Lamps advertisement

Archives online exhibitions

The exhibitions showcase images and stories from a number of popular topics using material from the Archives. 

Silvanus Philips Thompson in academic dress


A wealth of  biographical information on many eminent scientists and pioneers in the engineering profession.

Detail from the Dudley watercolours of HMS Agamemnon laying the Atlantic Telegraph 1858

Research guides

A general overview on popular subjects and various sources available within the Archives collections to assist you with your research.

Detail of an illustration from Methodus Geometrica 1598

Archives highlights

Highlights from the collections relating to the history and development of science, engineering and technology. 

Access ebooks and ejournals

Ebsco Discovery Service

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Latest news

Section of a pencil drawing of Sir Francis Ronalds writing with books in the backgound, dog in the foreground

Library and Archives blogs

Find out all about the latest news and developments happening in the library and archives service.

Historical resources

Faraday Lecture 1963 Piezo-electric crystal

IET history

Resources for the history of the IET and Savoy Place plus lists of officials. 

Photograph of a seated portrait of Francis Hughes Webb, Secretary of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, with a child c1890

Engineering your family history

Discover more of your family history with help from the IET Archives