Please note: IOM3 continues to follow Government advice on the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, from September 2021 visits to our Library will be available Monday to Thursdays, by appointment only (subject to staff availability). We are able to assist with information provision so please ask using our contact form using Department: Library on dropdown menu) or email us [email protected].


Our library has recently been rehoused in The Boilerhouse, Grantham.

All our library collections from different sites and predecessor bodies have been brought together in our Grantham centre. As the Boilerhouse reopens to visitors, 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.

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
  • Tell you what's new in the mining library via IMM Abstracts →
  • 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.

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