Collections

The NEIMME Library has one of the largest, most comprehensive collections on mining engineering in the world. It includes many early scientific and technical reports relating to the development of the coal industry and associated mechanical engineering especially the early work on safety in mines. The Library includes items relating to mining of all types, worldwide, plus all the related industries such as metallurgy, geology and railway engineering as shown in our Acquisitions Policy.

The Library includes over 35,000 volumes dating from 1556 through to the present day, over 600 different periodicals from around the world and over 15,000 pamphlets, technical reports and off-prints. We also have a large global map collection including maps from the Ordnance Survey, Geological Survey and underground mine plans. There is also a substantial image collection to which we hope to provide online searchable access in the future.

Here are some of our favourite items from the collections:

The Archives Collection documents the work of colliery viewers such as John Buddle and reveals how the coal industry operated through the Industrial Revolution. The collection includes manuscript records, letters, colliery surveys and sketch maps of those viewers and the colliery companies with which they were involved.

We can provide scans by email of most documents; please see our charges and fees list for more information.

During The Great Exhibition of the North, we will not be able to provide access to some of our collections and items shelved in the Nicholas Wood Memorial Hall and Long Passage store will need to be selected and collected by staff the previous working day.  This includes most of the printed book and journal collections.  We will still be able to produce archival documents however we would prefer to provide onsite access via scans on screen if possible.

More information about how to research some popular subjects within our collections is available in our free Resource Guides.

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