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Maxwell Library

Two private riverside balconies and large windows ensure the Maxwell Library makes the most of its central London positioning overlooking the skyline of the city and views of the river.

Just outside in the library lobby, guests are invited to explore the IET’s in-house exhibition – 100 ideas that changed the world. A must-see when visiting Savoy Place, it is an impressive display of inanimate objects, vehicles, engineering concepts and even microscopic technologies that have changed the way we live.

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This room is ideal for...

  1. Drinks receptions or dinners
  2. Parties
  3. Conferences and AGMs
  4. Training
  5. Networking events.

What’s included in room hire?

  1. Maxwell Library Foyer as registration area in front of our ‘100 Objects’ exhibition
  2. Complimentary Wi-Fi
  3. Direct access to two private riverside balconies
  4. A choice of set ups and furniture to suit your needs
  5. Latest IT facilities for event filming, live streaming and production
  6. HD screens with on-site AV team on hand to assist with digital branding.

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The traditional grandeur of our library offers an institutional background in a large flat floor space with a high ceiling and two balconies overlooking the river, ideal for set building or for use in its existing aesthetic for a heritage library feel.

Recommended film sets for:

  • academic establishments
  • interviews
  • university library scenes
  • book launches.



From sit-down fine dining dinners to informal buffets, barbeques and cocktail parties, we can cater for all kinds of events, no matter how formal or casual.

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Case study

The aim of the UK Power Networks event was to demonstrate the innovative learnings and solutions the programme has delivered so the rest of the energy industry can help develop solutions that will benefit customers.

Savoy Place’s great central London location was the prominent reason for the choice of venue. Also, UK Power Networks has held several successful events at Savoy Place in the past, where they were very impressed with the outstanding service.

Check out their case study for more information.

Maxwell Library room hire costs

The price of hiring the Maxwell Library includes all of the above facilities and excludes VAT. Catering can also be booked at an additional cost.

For more information view our current room hire costs.

Maximum capacity

190 (Reception)  

Day rate

(8am to 5pm)


Half day rate



Evening rate

(6pm to 11pm)


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Did you know?

The IET’s library started its story in 1873 with the donation of a collection of books by Sir Francis Ronalds, a scientist and inventor considered by many to be the first electrical engineer.

The Maxwell Library later got its name in recognition of James Clerk Maxwell who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation in the nineteenth century.

Although the library has developed into a fully functioning modern event space, it has maintained its original charm and continues to house a large number of historical technology and engineering books adorning floor to ceiling bookshelves surrounding the main function area.

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