UPDATED 1 Sept: The EI library in London is temporarily closed to the public, as a precautionary measure in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The Knowledge Service will still be answering email queries via email , or via live chats during working hours (09:15-17:00 GMT). Our e-library is always open for members here: eLibrary , for full-text access to over 200 e-books and millions of articles. Thank you for your patience.


The EI Library, located in central London, holds an extensive collection of material on the energy industries ranging from oil exploration to petrol retailing, nuclear energy to renewables, technical to business and dating from the mid-19th century to the present day.

We collect and curate books, refereed journals, government reports, company information, thought leadership pieces, conference proceedings, directories, statistical publications and textbooks. All of our material is onsite so can be accessed on the day you visit.

To browse our collection use the Energy Matrix, one of our Collections, or the search box above.


Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR

Opening hours

9.15 am - 5.00 pm (UK time), Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays.

All visitors are welcome to the library for free Library facilities include :

· Borrowing items, requesting items, photocopying and inter-library loans

· Research and work spaces

· WiFi access and visitor’s computers

· Access to our collection of periodicals

· Photocopying, printing and scanning facilities

See our FAQs section for details of our fees and charges

Requesting items

If we do not hold an item we can try and borrow it for you from another library, or we may consider purchasing it. Please e-mail giving as much information as possible on the item.

Another great reason to visit the library is to see our amazing painted ceiling dating from 1777, complete with chariot and mythical beasts...