About the ICE

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is the oldest engineering body in the world. It was founded in 1818 by a group of idealistic young men and its declared aim in its Royal Charter of 1828 was to 'foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering'.

The ICE Library was established almost immediately, with a donation of books from Thomas Telford, the first President. Today, it is recognised as a collection of outstanding national importance.