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IET eBooks

Available to purchase in perpetuity

A comprehensive selection of eBook titles across a range of engineering and technology disciplines.

Key Facts


  • The discounts on subject collections are 55% and the frontlist/backlist collections are c42%
  • No DRM on any titles
  • Ownership of the content in perpetuity without further fees for access

Important dates

Agreement start date: 1 October 2019

Agreement end date: 31 August 2021


From 1 May 2020:

  • Zero rate VAT applies to IET eBooks

Licence type

Site licence

Agreement Period

Start date: 1 October 2019

End date: 31 August 2021

Commitment Period

This agreement is of 1 year and 11 months duration.

Institutions may join the agreement at any time during the agreement period. They are then licensed for their chosen products in perpetuity.


Trails are not available

Eligible Institutions

Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and to Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations supporting education, including research bodies and the public sector, may ask to participate in the Agreement. Chest will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

Product Information

Supplier Details

The Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Company incorporated by Royal Charter in England and Wales (company number RC000263), and registered as a Charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698), whose registered office is Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL.

Product Description

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a specialist publisher for the global engineering and technology community and offers a comprehensive selection of eBook titles across a range of disciplines.

The collections provide international researchers, professionals and students with new perspectives and developments in emerging subject areas, including healthcare technologies and cyber security, as well as forward-looking publications in traditional engineering topics and practitioner topics such as IET Standards. The IET’s high-quality book portfolio provides a comprehensive resource for the engineering and technology community. Each book is searchable and all eBooks are available free of DRM restrictions.

eBook Titles List - searchable by title, publication year, subject, and topic. Four collections are available:

  • The IET Ultimate eBook Collection (1979 – 2019) consists of more than 600 titles.
  • The IET 6 Year Collection consists of titles from 2015 – 2020 (199+ titles).
  • The IET 5 Year Backlist consists of titles from 2015 – 2019 (159 titles).
  • The IET 2019 Frontlist consists of growing collection of titles published in during 2019 (60 titles)

Subject collections cover these topics:

  • Computing
  • Control, Robotics & Sensors
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Energy Engineering
  • Healthcare Technologies
  • History of Technology
  • Management of Technology
  • Materials, Circuits & Devices
  • Radar, Sonar & Navigation
  • Sector Publications
  • Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

Access and Identity Management Solution

Solution Availability





IP address range


Username / Password




Referring URL


Other as appropriate


Technical Function Specification

The supplier confirms that throughout the term of the agreement the products will comply with the standards indicated.

Technical Function Standard Compliance

Full Text Linking


Yes - IET allows SFX link resolvers

Federated Searching

Z39.50 protocol


Search & retrieve SRW/SRU



Metadata OAI-PMH


Web feeds RSS/Atom


Dublin Core


Metadata Standards





Embargo Periods



Digital Preservation







Usage Statistics








Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Yes, WCAG 1.0 AA

Personalisation features


Yes, RSS feeds available at publication title level. Customisable interface: administrators can log into their own account and customise by adding their institution’s logo

Service Levels




Titles are purchased in perpetuity – there are no updates to each collection.


New functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge

Service and Support


Free trials are not available

Login information

Perpetual access to the IET eBooks will be via the IET Digital Library (IDL) platform. A small annual Service Provision Fee will apply to sites that choose to receive the access through the IDL platform, however, this charge may not apply to sites who already possess a Licence from the IET to access the IET Digital Library through the IDL platform.

Chest has no responsibility to the IET or to the Licensed Institution (site) for the invoicing and collection of any Service Provision Fee, which is a matter solely between the IET and the Licensed Institution.

Technical Support

Support will be provided via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Contact details:

Product Documentation

Copying of hardcopy and electronic documentation is permitted as long as it will not exceed that permitted by the Copyright Licensing Agency agreement.

Training and Training Materials

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.


This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources with special conditions shown at the foot of the page.

Payment terms

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to Jisc, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB to cover all charges plus VAT.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes


Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material


Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories


Interlibrary loan



Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

  • education
  • teaching
  • distance learning
  • private study
  • academic research
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations

Exclusions and restrictions:

  • Use the product for commercial purposes (i.e. monetary gain) or for any purpose other than educational use
  • Work of direct benefit to the employer of students on industrial placement
  • Non-authorised users; they must not be given access, print or download the resource(s) or allowed to make a copy of any licensed materials
  • Downloading of large amounts of material that might be considered "systematic".

Termination Clauses

Access to The IET eBooks is perpetual, after paying the one-off fee.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions

Clause 2.2(g) is removed from the Terms and Conditions; this means that Licensee may not “allow Authorised Users to modify the metadata associated with the Licensed Material to create new metadata for their own use”.

Clause 2.2(k) is amended and now reads: “(Throughout the term of this Licence Agreement, the Licensee may for Educational Purposes only:) deposit in perpetuity for subsequent reference, the learning and teaching objects referred to in clause 2.2 (j) in repositories operated by the Licensee through Secure Access only;”.

Products and Pricing

Currency: All prices are in GBP

VAT: From 1 May 2020:

  • Zero rate VAT applies to IET eBooks

Payment terms are shown on the Terms and Conditions tab.

Submit your order online and Chest Help will confirm your order by email.

IET eBook cross-disciplinary Collections

  • The IET 2019 Frontlist -  titles published in 2019
  • The IET 5 Year Backlist (2015 – 2019)
  • The IET 6 Year Collection (2015 – 2020)
  • The IET Ultimate eBook Collection (1979 – 2019) 

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IET eBook Subject Collections

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