Institution of Civil Engineers Library

Contact details

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About the library

The Institution of Civil Engineers was founded in 1818 by a small group of idealistic young men and granted a royal charter in 1828 where it declared that its aim was to "foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering". With over 130,000 titles, including major conference series and over 900 periodical titles, the ICE Library is the largest single resource in Civil Engineering in the world. The full library catalogue OPAC is available online.

The ICE archives contain records relating to the ICE from its formation to the present, as well as, records relating to prominent engineers of the past including James Brindley, John Smeaton, Thomas Telford, The Rennies, and engineering wonders like the Marc Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge, the Forth Railway Bridge, and the Panama Canal.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Institution of Civil Engineers Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. We are also happy to provide photocopies or scans, either through the British Library inter-library loans systems or directly, for more details see the Library website.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the Library website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.


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Institution of Civil Engineers data on Copac

Example record from the Institution of Civil Engineers:

The Ji-Ji, Taiwan earthquake of 21 September 1999. Short report. / [By Stewart, A.]
  Published: London : EEFIT 2007

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.