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Library services

The Institution's library is one of the UK's finest specialist collections of printed structural engineering literature.

Books, standards and technical reports can be read and loaned at the library at IStructE HQ or loaned via post. 

Loans are made to Institution members only.

Our loan period is four weeks, with up to two renewals allowed.

You may request up to six items at a time by phone, email or via the Library catalogue. 

We ask that you reimburse our postage costs if you request an item to be sent to you.

We can also undertake research on your behalf, suggest reading and provide reference lists.


Our E-library is an additional, expanding online resource offering you the titles you want wherever you are in the world. Use your account details to access the service and read a book on your PC, laptop or mobile device. 

You can also download books for 24 or 48 hours, though you will need free Adobe Digital Editions software to do so. Note: the E-Library is not compatible with Amazon Kindle devices.

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