The Knowledge Centre

Library reopening

From 22 June 2021, the Knowledge Centre at Savoy Place will be open for select face to face services – Tuesdays to Thursdays between 10am and 3pm. We will be closed between 12 and 1 to allow us to clean the area between visitors.

Members and researchers can now book a 2-hour slot to consult our reference collections (including the IET Archives) in the Knowledge Centre. Members can also collect and return books and browse the shelves.

Please contact us in advance by emailing or by telephone on 020 7344 5461.

When ordering books, please include your IET membership number.

The Faraday Centre and other member facilities will remain closed until further notice.

There are no meeting rooms or refreshments available at this time.

Covid-19 update

Please note that we will no longer be accepting cash payments for books or ties from Thursday 12 March.

Who can visit the library?

IET members and other UK engineering institution members, such as Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) members, may borrow publications that are available for loan. 

If you are planning on visiting the Knowledge Centre at Savoy Place please let us know in advance by either email or telephone.

The library is open to all members of the general public. Non-members can use our facilities for reference purposes only.

The library is located in our IET London: Savoy Place building situated on the banks of the Thames, next to Waterloo bridge.

Why not take a tour of the library?

What’s on the tour?

The library tour will introduce you to:

  • the Virtual Library and its collection of electronic books and journals
  • our hard copy resources
  • the online catalogue
  • using remote access.

Contact the Library to arrange your tour.

If you’re interested in the history of the IET or its archive collections, please contact the Archives.

Buy an IET tie

As a member, you can now own an exclusive IET member or fellow tie for £25.00. To buy, call +44 (0)1438 765665 or email with your name and membership number.

Look out for our new branded merchandise - coming soon!