ICE Library, Publishing and digital resources

The ICE library at One Great George Street

The world-renowned Library at One Great George Street is home to many thousands of books and articles that go all the way back to 1836.

It has now been complemented by a number of modern facilities including:

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.


Follow the library

Keep up to date with what's going on at the ICE Library through social media:

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

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The Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction Series

The CSIC series, a collaboration between experts at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and the ICE, represents the most current insight into the technological advancements driving today’s ‘smart infrastructure’.

The guides to new and emerging technology are available as a discounted set or individually.

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