Reference library, London

About the Heritage & Education Centre Library


This specialist maritime, science and engineering reference library is nestled in the heart of the City of London. It provides access to the full collection of the Lloyd's Register of Ships (1764 to date) and associated publications for the public benefit.  

Also available in the library are the Lloyd's Register of Yachts and Lloyd's Register of American Yachts, as well as a good selection of relevant secondary material.

In addition, the IMarEST collection at Lloyd's Register is also available to researchers visiting the Heritage & Education Centre library. The combined collection contains in excess of 59,000 journals, conference papers and works of reference covering the broad spectrum of science, engineering and technology. For full details of the collection please see Infosheet 10: Sources available to researchers and Infosheet 53: The IMarEST collection at Lloyd's Register.

In August 2013, Lloyds Register’s Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) library in London provided a new home for much of the Denny Library collection of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). RINA is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are widely represented in industry, universities, colleges and maritime organisations in over 90 countries. The Institution was founded in 1860 and their library collection included bound volumes covering all aspects of design, construction, maintenance and operation of commercial and naval vessels. In addition, the Denny Library also held a wide range of other relevant technical publications, including copies of all technical papers published by RINA, together with those of other organisations. 

View our combined library catalogue and help for researchers.

History of the library 

Lloyd's Register has maintained a library since 1852 when it was founded at the bequest of principal surveyor Augustin Francis Bullock Creuze. In 1901, the library was moved to our new premises at 71 Fenchurch Street, a building designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt, architect for the Imperial Institute in South Kensington and the Wigmore Hall. Collcutt used only the best materials in his work and this is reflected in the Old Library, which was restored to its original splendour in 1999 and now houses much of our historic book collection. 

The part of the library in daily use is located within the Collcutt building at 71 Fenchurch Street. The entrance is through the main reception area in the Rogers building completed in 2000.

Opening times 

The Heritage & Education Centre, RINA 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 public holidays. Please note, the reference library will be closed from 16:00 on Friday 22 December until 09:30 on Tuesday 2 January.

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

Find out more about our historical research service. 

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

T: +44 (0)20 7423 2475  
E: hec(dot)

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