ICE Library, Publishing and digital resources

The ICE library at One Great George Street

ICE is home to an enormous variety of civil engineering content, including many thousands of books and articles published by the society since 1836. Here you can find out more about the ICE Library, ICE Publishing’s Virtual Library and the ICE Image Library.

Library closure

Commencing May 2016, One Great George Street (OGGS) will begin to undergo a series of major refurbishment works to make improvements to our iconic headquarters at One Great George Street.

  • The Members' Library will be closed for the duration of the works, 20 June 2016 to mid-September, however a limited book sourcing service will be available from ICE Library staff.
  • ICE Library staff will be happy to extend loan periods for the duration and will try to help as much as they can with electronic resources and other sources available to them during the refurbishment.
  • Library staff will continue to answer reference enquiries via telephone and emails.

Find out more information about the closure

The ICE Library

Our library is home to the world's largest dedicated collection of civil engineering materials.

If you're an ICE member, wherever you are in the world you can search our catalogue and explore over 130,000 publications.

As well as printed books and journals, the library also offers access to a number of digital services including e-books and advanced search tools.

ICE members of all grades can borrow up to three items in person or by post.

The loan period is three weeks. Unless requested by another user, you can renew online via the MyLibrary service. You can return a book in person or by post.

Interlibrary loans

If we don't have the book you need, we can try to request it from another engineering institution or the British Library (a charge may be levied).

Search the electronic library catalogue

Browse ICE's full collection of resources and also those of other engineering libraries, on our electronic library catalogue.


ICE Publishing - Virtual Library and books

As well as being home to the world's largest collection of civil engineering books, ICE also hosts a dedicated publishing arm. ICE Publishing is the world's leading publisher of specialist civil engineering materials including books and dedicated journals. Our Virtual Library is home to thousands of articles and books covering every aspect of civil engineering. ICE members enjoy major discounts on many of our journals.

Find out more about our journals and books and the discounts available to members

Recommended publication
Civil engineering procedure cover image

Civil Engineering Procedure

Civil Engineering Procedure, Seventh edition is the essential reference for student and graduate engineers, offering comprehensive, expert guidance on every key stage of an engineering project from conception and development through to completion and handover.

Available for purchase through ICE Bookshop

Explore the ICE Virtual Library

ICE Publishing's Virtual Library is the one of the most comprehensive online civil engineering resources in the world.

You can browse our archives back to 1836, explore ICE Publishing's renowned journals and access over 1,400 print and ebooks to find the information you need.

Explore the Virtual Library

Explore our image library

ICE's library is home to one of the world's largest collections of civil engineering materials. We've also built up a huge collection of images chronicling the history of civil engineering. From sketches of some of the most famous structures in the UK and abroad, to portraits of famous civil engineers. Many of these images are available for free, whilst we also provide access to high resolution versions on a per request basis.

Visit our image library

Images from ICE's image library