& archive

Access a world-class engineering library of key databases, texts and journals.

Search our library and digital resources

Search across 11 engineering databases to find books, journals and papers in print and online.

Alternatively, browse our list of catalogues and databases:

One month trial of SAE database

For one month, until 31 October, Institution members have free access to the whole SAE Mobilus database of technical papers, standards, ebooks and magazines covering all aspects of aerospace and automotive engineering.

Access SAE Mobilus

  • Library services

    • Borrow books and order documents
    • Borrow standards or buy them at a discount
    • Use our enquiry service to find technical or business information
    • Purchase model forms of contract
    Our library services

    Book renewal

    Log in to the library catalogue to renew your items.

    Renew your books

  • Explore our archive and artefacts

    Archives recording the development of mechanical engineering, the Industrial Revolution and the Institution:

    • Historical member records and Institutional documents
    • Collections of drawings and photographs
    • Personal and business collections

    We offer an enquiry and supply service.

    Explore our archive and artefacts

    Alternatively, browse our catalogues:

  • Visit our library and archive

    Visit our London library or make an appointment to view our extensive archive of engineering artefacts and historical documents. 

    You will need to notify us in advance if you would like to view any of our journals as these need to be retrieved from our store.

    We are open Monday to Friday, 09.15 to 17.30.

    Visit us

    On 26 October our Library will close at 17.00. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Contact us

Check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us if you have any questions.