A joint IMechE and IET library has been created at One Birdcage Walk and IET members are welcome to visit for quiet study and Internet access as well as to use the collections. The library includes IET library books published in the last two years along with a selection of current journals. Tours of the IET Library facilities, including a guide to using the virtual library can be arranged, as can a brief tour of the building.
The Archives is closed to visitors as the moment. More information will be available shortly.
The Archives is currently not running any tours. More details will be available shortly.
If you would like to learn more about the unique treasures the archives hold, then book a place on the archives tour and we will have on display in the library a number of items from the special rare books libraries. This includes being able to view original manuscripts dating back to the fourteenth century, rare books that have belonged to famous scientists and their personal papers.
The Methodus Geometrica, a 16th century early printed, hand coloured treatise on geometry and surveying, published in 1598 in Nuremburg, Germany, is particularly interesting to view. Also on display are tea-towels produced by the Electrical Association of Women in the 1960's and 1970's, old council minutes of The Society of Telegraph Engineers and old IEE membership forms.
The archives also holds the IET’s own records from its first meeting in 1871, records of women in engineering and a large collection of photographs of electrical equipment, people, street scenes and much more.