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ICE boosts library accessibility

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The ICE has launched a new online library portal to make it easier for people to access material it holds.

The portal has been under development for 12 months. It gives users access to the ICE’s book collections and extensive archives without having to make requests to library staff.

The launch coincides with the ICE’s 200th anniversary and gives ICE members direct access to one of the biggest civil engineering knowledge libraries in the world.

Further upgrades are planned for later in the year when ICE publishing materials and journals are added to the ICE image library in digital form.  The upgrade is part of an ongoing programme to improve the range of knowledge content available. Eventually, users will be able to access recorded lectures alongside ICE training and Benevolent Fund material.

ICE director of engineering knowledge Nathan Baker said: “The ICE is the home of civil engineering knowledge, and many thousands of members over the years have benefited from access to our vast library of books, journals, drawings, maps and other engineering documents, helping them with their studies and research. We have worked hard over the last year to extend that information by unlocking our archives for the very first time, making the contents, including more digital content, available with an easy to use search system.

“The project demonstrates our commitment to making it easier for members to access our knowledge and follows last year’s launches of ICE Thinks and the My Career portal.”

The new portal  was due to be launched on 17 January.

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