IOM3 Library Services

This page contains historical information and documents. For fully up to date information on IOM3 Library Services please see our new website.

Our library is being reunited in The Boilerhouse in Grantham, work is in progress to bring our collection together. This means visitors will (when the Boilerhouse reopens to visitors) be able to peruse our Tata Steel (Swinden Technology Centre) collection, 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, as well as our materials minerals and mining holdings in one location.

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).

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 library at our Grantham Centre.



We have been working to collect our catalogues into a central system and more information will be available soon.

The Institute's Digital Library platform holds some of our publications - click here to register and search. We 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.


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: 

Frances Perry:  020 7451 7324 
Linda Dawes:  01476 515769 (Grantham Centre)

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
  • 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

We hold IOM3 and predecessor publications, many serials from 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.

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.


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

Books and articles on minerals and mining

Here is the full list of minerals and mining books:

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

What's available for photocopying (or for offline subject searches 1894-1979)

Download serials holding list (Excel spreadsheet 909k)

Packaging journals

Packaging journals and magazines are 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 items. For more information please check the top grey box on the right of this page.

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.


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