and archive

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


Discover our library services

Access books, journals, and more - in print and online.

  • Access ebooks and browse online journals
  • Borrow books and standards
  • Order documents via our Document Supply service
  • Use our free enquiry service to find technical and business information

Your library team are here to help – contact us

Library Search

Discover your library

Explore our archive and artefacts

Gain a perspective on the history of mechanical engineering. Our records include:

  • Institution records, including historic membership records
  • Personal papers of engineers
  • Business records of engineering firms
  • Busts, paintings, models and objects

We offer research guidance and pre-booked in-person appointments to view material.

Archive catalogue

Digitised archive material

Visit our Library and Members’ Hub

The Library and Members’ Hub at One Birdcage Walk offers a flexible space for work and study in a historic setting.

  • Free Wi-Fi, printing, and scanning
  • Charging points for devices
  • Ad-hoc meeting space
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities

We are open Monday to Friday, 9.30AM – 5PM. Members can sign in guests. Non-members are welcome by appointment.

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