Institution of Engineering and Technology

Painting of Savoy Place by A Bryett, c. 1930s
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. Founded in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers, the IET now has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00

Additional info

The IET Library is open to public access.

The IET Archives is open the public by appointment only. Please contact the Archivists for further details.

The entire collection of this Institution is a Designated Collection of international importance.

The IET Library is a world-class collection of digital and printed resources on all areas of engineering and technology. We specialise in electrical, electronic, control and manufacturing engineering, telecommunications, computing and IT. Our collection contains 65,000 printed books and 3,500 journals and magazines on these subjects.

The IET Archives collects and preserves the IET’s records since its foundation in 1871, also holding collections related to the history of science, engineering and technology (SET) since the fourteenth century. It holds a range of media covering manuscripts, printed materials, films, photographs, technical drawings, maps and plans. The highlights of the collections include the papers of Michael Faraday, Sir Francis Ronalds and Oliver Heaviside. There is also a large corporate archive recording the activities of a number of engineering businesses since the early nineteenth century and the archive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Maritime, Industry, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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IET Publications

The IET provides a range of leading publications and information services in the areas of engineering and technology. These include magazines, journals, books and conference publications. Available only in person from the IET Library.

School poster - 'Electricity: A Timeline to 1900'

A school poster relating to the history of the development of electricity and power from the Classical period to the 19th century, using images taken from documents contained in the IET Archives. Free of charge and aimed at primary school children.

Wiring Regulations

The IET plays a key role in the electrical installation industry in terms of standards and safety and is known for its independent and trusted voice in this sector. It manages the national committee JPEL/64 which prepares and updates the regulations for the safety of electrical installations in buildings, and publishes the standard BS 7671:2008 - the IEE Wiring Regulations. Available only in person from the IET Library.

Institution of Engineering and Technology
2 Savoy Place
Greater London


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IET Archives

IET Library helpdesk

IET Research Service


IET Archives

020 7344 8436/8407

IET Library helpdesk

020 7344 5461


IET Library and Archives

020 7344 8467

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