Library and Archives

The IET library is temporarily located at One Birdcage Walk within the IMECHE library. It is available for quiet study and Internet access and houses relevant books published in the last two years and a selection of journals.

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. 

Virtual Library

Virtual Library

Virtual Library

Electronic books and journals: EBSCO, Engineering and IT Reference Library, Faulkner reports, Knovel, Wiley, and Key Note. 

Library services

Library services

Library services

Information on all library services including, how to become a library only member, latest news and book stock reviews.

Search the library online catalogue

Search the library catalogue

Search for books and journals in our library stock. Members must be logged in to request and reserve books.

Research service

Research service

Technical and business information provided to you by our Information Officers. Preferential rates for members.

Document Supply Image

Document Supply

Provides copies of articles at a charged rate. An inter-library loan service is also available to members and other UK libraries. 

Library loans and renewals

Library loans and renewals

How to use the library loan service, includes how to request, reserve, return and renew books from the library. 

Renew library books myself

Renew library books myself

Time to renew your books? Follow the steps below to renew your books.

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. 

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

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. 

Library and Archives blog

Woman reading a Library and Archives blog entry

Read our blog

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


Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter

Keep up to date with library and archives services. Enjoy reading our fascinating facts found within our archives collections.

Visit or contact the Library

Library temporary location
One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ

Normal opening hours
Monday - Friday 09:15 - 17:30
Please note: the Library will be closed on 18 December 2014

Occasionally, if an event is taking place the library will close at 17:00. See our blog for dates.

Open to members and the general public

Library tel: +44 (0)20 7344 5461

Visit or contact Archives

Archives location
New Archives Centre now open:
Savoy Hill House, 7-10 Savoy Hill, London WC2R 0BU

Please contact us to book an appointment allowing one week's notice

Opening hours
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Tel: +44(0)20 7344 8407

Library only membership

View of the Library reading room at IET London: Savoy Place

Library only membership

Non-members can gain access to library services including book loans, by becoming a library only member for a small charge.