Our collection

In 2011, the library collection of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) was transferred to the Heritage & Education Centre at Lloyd's Register's London office at 71 Fenchurch Street. By offering the library a new home, Lloyd's Register has ensured that this important resource is still available to all. The relocation of the library was part of a move of the IMarEST's headquarters to new premises at 33 Aldgate High Street during the summer of 2011. 

Opening times 

The Heritage & Education Centre and IMarEST collections at 71, Fenchurch Street are open to the public Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. We do not open at weekends or during UK public holidays. 

The library is closed each year from 24 December until 2 January. 

Contact and location details
Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre
71 Fenchurch Street

T: +44 (0)20 7423 2707 
E: hec(dot)info@lrfoundation.org.uk

Location Map

Other general enquiries and switchboard
T: +44 (0)20 7709 9166 

Library catalogue 

An online catalogue of the IMarEST collection at Lloyd's Register combined with our other library collections is now available. This allows users to access listings of our full library holdings through one integrated search. Details of the journal collection can be found on Infosheet no.53. For any enquiries please contact the Heritage & Education Centre

View the Lloyd's Register library catalogue.

Background to the collection 

The IMarEST was established in 1889 and is the largest international membership body and learned society for marine professionals with over 15,000 members worldwide. The historical library's new home will allow the material, built up over many years, to be more widely accessed and used by researchers visiting Lloyd's Register. The IMarEST will continue to provide its members with Information & Knowledge Services and a virtual library online providing e-books. Through its Information Services, it will also continue to hold the Institute's own publications and some current specialist books, empowering members with marine engineering, technical and scientific knowledge. 

Subject overview 

The former IMarEST collection at Lloyd's Register covers a wide-range of subject areas including: offshore engineering, ship design, renewable energy, steam turbines, gas turbines, electrical systems, engines, radio/radar, welding, hydrodynamics, vibration, hydrogeology, pollution, fishing boats and fisheries, seamanship, salvage, quality control, ship management, marine engineering, materials, combustion, lubrication, heating/ventilation, pumps and pipes, future ocean technology, naval architecture, fluid mechanics, dredging and marine navigation to name but a few. 

Resources at Lloyd's Register

IMarEST members and the wider public can benefit from access to the physical library collections by visitor appointment at the historical library's new home at the Lloyd's Register Heritage & Education Centre in Fenchurch Street. The reference facility allows visitors to view the numerous conference proceedings, journal series, technical reports and reference titles. Photocopying facilities are available but books cannot be borrowed. Lloyd's Register is committed to ensuring the library continues to stock current titles going forward. Researchers are asked to work with us to highlight the material they require so the collection can continue to be a primary resource that meets reader's needs. Document delivery is available at a charge consistent with Lloyd's Register's main Historical Research Service.