Due to website restructuring, the library catalogue search may be unavailable. To search our library collection, download this excel spreadsheet.
Please note that the reference library will be closed from 16:00 on Thursday 29th March until 09:30 on Tuesday 3 April.
The Heritage & Education Centre’s updated combined collections catalogue is now available for the first time online. The library catalogue contains records of books, journals, conference papers, registers, rules and regulations, journal articles, statistics, research reports and inquiries.
In the summer of 2011 the libraries of Lloyd’s Register and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) were amalgamated, bringing together in one place a unique marine and engineering specialist reference collection holding in excess of 54,000 items. In summer 2013 we also took on part of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Denny library collection expanding our holdings even further whilst keeping valuable research resources accessible to the public. We are in the process of adding to and consolidating items to enhance the collection and to bring catalogue numbers in line with the British library system. We have added an advanced search function and welcome your feedback as we continue this development work.
Using the catalogue
You can use our ‘quick search’ function or make a more ‘advanced search’ of the library catalogue by subject, author, abstract, ISBN number, and publication date.
The ‘quick search’ function crosses all database fields. You can use the limiters AND , OR , "specific search term". The ‘advanced search’ will be more specific to each field, allowing you to select an exact word or phrase, all/any of a group of words, or to exclude words from a subject search altogether.
Searchable subjects include: shipbuilding, surveying, shipping company history, offshore engineering, ship design, renewable energy, steam turbines, gas turbines, electrical systems, history of sail, engines, radio/radar, welding, marine art, hydrodynamics, vibration, hydrogeology, pollution, fishing boats and fisheries, seamanship, salvage, quality control, ship management, ship types, ports, marine engineering, materials, combustion, slavery, war losses, naval history, lubrication, heating/ventilation, pumps and piping, future ocean technology, naval architecture, fluid mechanics, dredging and marine navigation.
Once you have identified items that you would like to use during your visit to the library, please email the Heritage & Education Centre with details of your request so that we can begin to locate material ready for you. Where possible please include a screen print or attach a pdf of your search results.
The Heritage & Education Centre reference library allows visitors to view the numerous conference proceedings, journal series, technical reports and reference titles. Photocopying facilities are available subject to copyright restrictions but books cannot be borrowed.
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
EC3M 4BS, UK
T: +44 (0)20 7423 2707
Historical research and document delivery
The Heritage & Education Centre can undertake a certain amount of research on your behalf for a fee. Please view our historical research page for further information.
Visit our list of information sheets to see if there is something there to help you. Guidance includes how to make a search using the Lloyd’s Register of Ships, researching the earliest Registers and useful addresses for further research.
Please note that the IMarEST library collection was incomplete when it transferred to its new home at Lloyd's Register. We are in the process of updating the catalogue to reflect the new locations of material and auditing the collection to identify missing items.