Our library is held at The Boilerhouse, Grantham. The Grantham centre is open Monday to Thursday.

All our library collections from different sites and predecessor bodies have been brought together in our Grantham centre. As the Boilerhouse has now reopened following Coronavirus restrictions, you will be able to peruse all our holdings in one location. As well as books, there are conference proceedings, mining and metallurgy journals, rubber reports, maps, copper statistics, and other valuable information. Please contact the library to arrange a visit.

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


What can we do for you?

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

  • Lend 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
  • Compile data or statistics for you
  • Try to answer your questions about the history of materials, mining and the Institute


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 charge postage, plus a nominal amount per item to cover handling.

Literature searches

We can advise you on databases covering materials science and engineering or can carry out a literature seach for a fee.


Data compilation

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

Conference proceedings

Selected proceedings and papers from events organised by the Institute are available through our Library Services team.

IOM3 members have access to Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) conference proceedings via this page.


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.

Engineering Institutes reciprocal library agreement

The IOM3 Library is part of a network of engineering institute libraries who are willing to offer reciprocal library services, including visits in person, to our members. The network includes the following:

Energy Institute EI

Institute of Engineering and Technology IET

Institution of Civil Engineers ICE

Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology IMEST

Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Institution of Structural Engineers ISE

Lucideon Ltd.

National Aerospace Library – Royal Aeronautical Society RAS

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS

The Welding Institute TWI

We also hold a similar agreement with The Geological Society.

The member offering varies slightly between the institutes so please contact the IOM3 Librarian for further details [email protected].

Library Collection Policy


Library donations form

If you are considering making a donation of items to our Library. Please complete this form.



I got excited at the opportunity to recover these important references as I am currently revising my book. It is great to know that I can access some of the rare publications of the Institute!

Andre Costa e Silva

Library user

I am absolutely delighted that you have been able to locate and copy the article about DTD683; and so quickly, despite the Covid-19 lockdown situation. Many many thanks. My congratulations on the efficiency of your retrieval system.

John Stubbington

Wing Commander, RAF, ret'd