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Explore the library and archive catalogues to find details of our unique collection, including books, standards, journals, Institution proceedings, historical artefacts and older membership records.

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The Virtual Library is a collection of electronic resources available to members. You can search for papers, read full-text handbooks, download articles and access datasheets all from your desktop.

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PRD/4/2 Architect's proposed front elevation, IMechE, 1896


A unique and invaluable resource for those interested in the development of mechanical engineering, the industrial revolution and the Institution. Discover our collections and view the virtual archive. Find biographies for our past Presidents and Honorary Fellows. Search the evolution of engineering through our timeline.

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Institution and Engineering History
Excelsior folding bike


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Picture gallery

Picture gallery

1000's of images from our Archives illustrating the history and development of mechanical engineering and the Institution: from the photographic collections of D.Napier & Son Company to historic drawings by David Joy (1825–1903) and the Boulton & Watt Company.

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Subject guides and links

Subject guides and weblinks for engineers and students, covering a wide range of industries and sectors.

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Contact the Library

Contact the Library

General enquiries:
T: +44 (0)20 7973 1274
E: library@imeche.org

Archive enquiries:
T: +44 (0)20 7973 1265
E: archive@imeche.org

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Please note we will be closing at 5.00pm on 6 August

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