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Virtual Library

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

 Your library, virtually anywhere.  Pile of books falling onto a computer screen

The Virtual Library consists of thousands of online e-books, e-journals, magazines and reports. The library is constantly adding to this resource to provide a wide variety of accessible content.

  • Easy to use: members need to log on to the IET website to gain instant access; 
  • Free to use as part of your membership benefit;
  • Available to members worldwide 24/7.

Row of bound books EBSCO Discovery service  is the principal way to search the Virtual Library.  

We recommend using Discovery for keyword searches, where a single search can provide access to a range of resources. If you have a particular book or journal title you want to look up we suggest using the library catalogue or  Publications within Discovery.

 Electronic books:

  • Engineering and IT Reference Library is a collection of Engineering and IT books from a number of major technology publishers, powered by Books 24x7.
  • Knovel full-text e-books provides access to scientific and engineering handbooks and reference books from a range of publishers; Pile of books on top of PC and mouse on top of books
  • Wiley e-books.  Online access to a collection of over 120 engineering and technology full text ebooks.
  • Dawsonera. a growing collection of ebooks from the supplier Dawson.
  • Digital Library The IET Digital Library holds more than 100,000 technical papers from 1994 onwards for all IET journals, magazines, books, conference publications and seminar digests, Members and non-members can use  Knowledge Pack credits to download journal and conference articles and eBook chapters from the IET Digital Library.

Electronic journals:

  • EBSCO databases provides access to several thousand full-text journal titles, company and industry profiles and other information resources. The databases we have access to are: Engineering Source, Business Source Corporate, Energy and Power, Sustainability and Applied Science and Technology;   E journal written on a cube
  • E & T is the Institution of Engineering and Technology's monthly magazine and associated website published for its members.
  • Journal of Engineering (JoE) is a pure gold open access journal. Open access publishing enables peer reviewed, accepted journal articles to be made freely available online to anyone with access to the internet.
  • E-journals free access contains a list of direct links to electronic journals that are freely available on the web to members and non-members of the IET.


Library only databases

For members who visit the library we also have available: British Standards online; IEEE Xplore and the IET Digital library.

Virtual Library help and support

Stuck using the Virtual Library? Then visit our troubleshooting help and advice page.