Institution of Structural Engineers Library

Contact details

Website: Email: Telephone: +44 (0)20 72019105

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About the library

The library contains the only UK specialist collection on structural engineering and its related disciplines: primarily text books from the late 1880s to the present, with a separate Historical Collection of books dating back to the 1700s.

A particular strength is the collection of current and superseded British Standards and Codes of Practice relating to structural engineering. The reports collection includes trade literature – an important resource for understanding the materials, methods and systems used in the construction of much of the nation’s built infrastructure and for those working on its maintenance and upgrading.

The collection currently consists of c13,500 books, c14,000 reports and c5,000 standards.

The local library catalogue is available online.

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. 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? See the library's website for access details.


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