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Knowledge Centre and Library

Knowledge Centre opening times

The Knowledge Centre is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Faraday Centre - Knowledge Centre and Library

You can access and borrow books and consult journals in a member-friendly space and work, read or study in a quiet space with complimentary wireless internet access. Meeting rooms in the Faraday Centre are available to Members. Members and student members can borrow books from the library. If you’re unable to visit the reading room you can use our free delivery service, but must pay to return the books by recorded delivery.

Research and document supply services

The IET Library offers free assistance with your research, using our collections and beyond. We’re happy to help with finding facts, statistics, and with literature searches.

If you’re looking for a specific article, we can send it to you in print or electronic format. Our aim is to supply copies within 48 hours of receiving your order.

This service is open to all, worldwide, with IET members receiving a preferential rate. If one of our members is looking for an article not held in our collections, we can usually source it from the British Library. Small charges may apply here.

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Virtual library

The Virtual Library consists of thousands of online e-books, e-journals, magazines and reports. The library is constantly adding to this resource to provide a wide variety of up-to-date, accessible content.

  • Easy to use: members just need to log on to the IET website to gain instant access
  • Free to use as part of your membership
  • 24/7 access to over 13,000 full-text books and journals

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IET Archives

The IET Archive Centre is located at Savoy Hill House – next door to Savoy Place. This purpose-built repository housing core archive collections and the rare books libraries is open to IET members, researchers, and the public.

The material includes rare books that date back to the 1300s, but the majority of the collections are from the 19th and 20th centuries.

As most of the archive collections are stored off-site you will need to book an appointment, usually allowing at least one week's notice before your intended visit. This allows time for the material to be brought back to Savoy Hill House.


The Inspec database contains 20 million bibliographic and indexed records to physics and engineering global research literature.

It can be used to:

  • Alert you to new developments in your field
  • Track new technology and products
  • Monitor competitors
  • Search for patent novelty
  • Analyse data by a wide variety of parameters

Find out more about Inspec