Information Services

The Information Services group of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining provides both a technical enquiry service and more traditional library services to members, non-members, industry, academia and the public. Company membership of the Institute through the Industry Affiliate Scheme provides rapid access to all of these services.

Library services

The Institute provides traditional library services such as book loans and photocopying, with access to tens of thousands of books on materials, minerals and mining. The Institute's libraries at London (limited reference collection only) and Grantham are a store of extremely valuable information. Library staff can provide additional services such as

  • Literature searches and surveys
  • Data compilation
  • Selective alert services

Full details of IOM3 library services now the National Materials and Mining Archive

The Institute’s Information Services are operated by IOM Communications Ltd (Registered Charity Number 1059475), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Materials Information Service

The IOM3 Materials Information Service (MIS) provides a helpline to assist companies with materials selection and supplier or subcontractor location. Staffed by qualified and experienced materials technologists, this impartial and confidential service is available to industry and academia, as well as to IOM3 members.

Materials Information Service technical enquiries

See also: FAQs on selected materials 


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