IOM3 Library Services from the National Materials and Mining Archive

Library move – work continues to reunite the whole IOM3 collection in The Boilerhouse, Grantham, to improve the user experience. This means that the library will be closed until October 2020. Regarding COVID-19 - IOM3 continues to follow Government advice on the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, visits will be by appointment only. Please understand this to protect our members and team. We may still be able to assist with some information so please ask using our contact form (select "Library" category).

We recently added a donation from Tata Steel (Swinden Technology Centre), Firth Brown Tools Ltd Speedicut Reference Library (courtesy of Marshalls Carbide Ltd, part of Mincon Group Plc) and two special collections on corrosion and tribology. You will be welcome to have a look!

Non-members - you're welcome too, for reference (though not  borrowing rights, and if you're not a student or historian we may charge a visitor's fee).

As well as books, there are conference proceedings, mining and metallurgy journals, rubber reports, maps, copper statistics, all sorts of valuable information... do get in touch to find out more about the London service point and libraries at our Grantham Centre.

Latest News


We are proud to announce that the Institute's Digital Library platform went live on 19 February 2019. Click here to register and see what's there!

We currently have a selection of journals, books and conference proceedings on iron and steel, minerals and mining, ceramics, polymers, and wood. Documents covered are all published by the Institute or predecessor organisations such as the Iron and Steel Institute, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Institution of Mining Engineers, Institute of Ceramics, Institute of Wood Science or published by IOM Communications Ltd.

This is an on-going project and new publications will be added on a regular basis. See announcements here

National Materials and Mining Archive Launched:

The Oficial Opening of the National Materials and Mining Archive took place on 18 July 2017 at our Grantham Centre - to read about it and see the official photos click here

Opening times

Our Grantham libraries and information service point in London are open during office hours Monday to Friday.

To make sure staff (and access to the library material you require in Grantham) will be available, call first to make an appointment.
Contact us using our online enquiry form or phone: 

Hilda Kaune:      020 7451 7360 (materials);
Frances Perry:   020 7451 7324 (minerals and mining).

What can we do for you?

Sometimes free, sometimes at a charge that frees up your time, we can:   

  • Lend you books (and some reports, maps etc.);
  • Photocopy articles and papers;
  • Help answer general enquiries, or provide a referral service;
  • Compile reference lists in some subjects, or advise where else to try;
  • Direct you to the IOM3 website check-lists of journals and books;
  • Show you how to check what's in the mining library from your desktop or tablet - on IMMAGE database;
  • Tell you what's new in the mining library via IMM Abstracts;
  • Compile data or statistics for you;
  • Let you set up your own alerts on IMMAGE;
  • Try to answer your questions about the history of materials, mining and the Institute!

Do discuss the topic with us to get the best from literature searches, data compilation or email alerting.

To find out more...

Just ring, email, or scroll down for details or send us your query via the online enquiry form

Searching for yourself  - The Materials catalogues

On material, we used to have only the past and present technical journals and magazines published by the Institute. We now also have many serials published by other publishers and books on metals, ceramics, composites, polymers, wood, corrosion, tribology, etc.

Current and recent past issues of a wide range of refereed technical journals published by the Institute are available online. You may order articles as photocopies from the library.

Searching for yourself - IMMAGE reference database

IMMAGE is unique. For the minerals and mining industry, it tells you what's in hundreds of international minerals industry publications and lets you request them online. Subscribers can set up alerts or there's a quarterly printed update, IMM Abstracts. IMMAGE Online can be checked in the library and if you're a member, it's free as a member benefit.

Searching for yourself - OneMine

IOM3 members have free access to over 126,658 mining and minerals related documents via OneMine.

What about books and articles on Minerals and Mining?

Here's the full list of minerals and mining books:

Download minerals and mining book catalogue (Word doc 6mb)

Here's the full list of what's available for photocopying (or for offline subject searches 1894-1979 - do ask!)

Download serials holding list (Excel spreadsheet 909k)

Which Packaging journals do we hold?

Here's a list of all the packaging journals and magazines currently available at our Grantham Centre - for photocopies, use the order form in the right.

Download serials holding list (Excel spreadsheet 48k)

Borrowing books

If you're a member and live in the UK or EU, we'll lend you most things from the library including reports and maps. We do charge postage, plus a nominal amount per item to cover handling.

Photocopying papers

So long as it's allowed under copyright law, we can photocopy most IMMAGE references for you, articles from Institute technical journals, magazines, proceedings of conference or book chapters on materials science. For more information please check the top grey box on the right of this page.

Literature searches

Looking through specialised databases of technical articles is a quick and effective way of scanning worldwide information. Most searches give you a comprehensive list of references that include details of the original publication and an informative abstract. We can also advise you on databases covering materials science and engineering. If you wish us to do a literature search a fee will apply.

Data compilation

For minerals industry enquirers in particular, we can also compile statistics, company information and production figures from published sources.


You may acquire British and worldwide standards online from the BSI - BSI Catalogue. We have a limited number of older standards (mainly minerals and mining) available for loan.

For more information on any of the above, please use our online enquiry form