Information on how to access material in the IET Archives and what to expect when you visit.
The IET Archives are open to members of the IET, academic researchers and any member of the public with a genuine research topic. The majority of our collections are stored off-site with the core collections and rare books libraries remaining at the IET Archives Centre. We require at least one week's notice to retrieve items in preparation for your visit.
Before you visit us please search our online catalogue for the material that you require. Please contact us to book an appointment allowing one week's notice prior to your visit with the details of the material that you would like to consult.
On your visit you will be shown to our supervised researcher desk and asked to sign our visitor book and read our rules which are summarised below.
The reason for these rules is to ensure that the unique and sometimes fragile material is handled correctly for their future preservation and access for others.
Please also be aware that items from the IET Archives are not available for loan. It may be possible to have items copied, please refer to the Archivist for details.
We also offer an enquiry service for general historical enquiries. Please contact us in the first instance to see if we can help you.
Alternatively, you may like to read our research guides that provide information on popular topics such as family history, the history of the Institution, telegraphy, Women in Engineering and Michael Faraday.