Raiders of the lost archive

The IET library - what's in it for you?

Only one of the world's most comprehensive collections of print and digital information resources on engineering and technology, that's what. Its full title is the IET Library & Archives, and you don't need to be Indiana Jones to find it.

The library is especially strong in the fields of control, electrical, electronic and manufacturing engineering; computing and IT; and telecommunications. You can access catalogues of the entire collection, plus use the searchable databases which open up thousands of full-text electronic books, magazines, journals and reports.

The IET's library will almost certainly have more in it than the one at your university or college, and you can access it from any country in the world. It's usually free, but where charges do apply, students enjoy preferential and discounted rates.

John Coupland manages the Library & Archives at the IET. “We offer access to a print collection of 70,000 books and reports, and over 3,000 journals and magazines,” he enthuses excitedly. “The IET Archives is a unique collection of the records of the Institution dating back to 1871, and manuscripts and published works on the history and development of science, engineering and technology.”

If you didn't know the extent of the IET Library & Archives services on offer, here we go:

  • a virtual library of almost 1,000 full-text engineering and IT books, and databases of articles and papers from 8,000 journals and magazines, which can be accessed from any PC with an Internet connection
  • online catalogues of the complete collections, with self-service facilities allowing loan, renewal and reservation requests to be placed
  • free of charge postal loans service to all members worldwide. UK members can borrow up to 10 books at a time, non-UK members up to three
  • an enquiry/search service to assist with finding business, historical and technical information. Quick enquiries are free of charge, and a discounted rate for students applies to more extensive research
  • a document supply service to provide copies of extracts, papers and articles for a small fee
  • a magnificent Reading Room at Savoy Place, London, providing a superb environment in which to consult the collection and study. PCs with Internet access and standard Microsoft Office software installed are available and the whole building is Wi-Fi enabled. IET books can be purchased by members at a 20% discount
  • tours of the Library & Archives will outline the services offered, demonstrate how to access the virtual library, showcase some of the important documents held in the Archives, walk you round the first-class facilities on offer in the Savoy Place building. Booking is required for all tours.

“Using the IET Library & Archives provides student members with access to a wealth of specialist engineering and technology information resources that will greatly supplement what is available through their college or university library. The wealth of resources on offer can really make a difference in helping complete projects and gain a better qualification,” notes Coupland.

The IET highly recommends that students book a free tour of the department, if only to take in the amazing library itself! Tours are free to members, and will really help you make the most of your membership.

All Library & Archives services can be accessed through the IET website. Alternatively, students can visit or make contact using the details below.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7344 5461
Fax: +44 (0)20 7344 8467
Email: libdesk@theiet.org

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