Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library

Contact details

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About the library

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with over 92,000 members worldwide. The Institution was founded in 1847 and the library collection has evolved throughout the Institution's life. We have one of the best mechanical engineering collections in the world with many rare and specialist resources, holding over 86,000 items.

We cover the industry areas of: railway, process engineering, automotive, aerospace, medical engineering, building services, waste management, power systems, pressure systems and manufacturing. Core subject areas include: machine mechanics, machine design, mechanisms, kinematics, fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, combustion, power drives, materials, renewable energy, product design, machine tools, project management and finite element analysis. The archive includes collections of personal papers from important engineers and engineering companies.

The local library catalogue is available online.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library records in Library Hub Discover here.