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Information Services

Lucideon Library and Information Services

The Lucideon Library is a unique collection of ceramics and materials resources and in person and online library services tailored to the research and development activities of Lucideon, our technology partners and clients. Our professionally curated collections provide the environment for value-adding researcher focussed services.

The library has evolved from the founding collection of pioneering chemist and ceramicist Dr. J. W. Mellor. This developed into the Mellor Library of the British Ceramic Research Association and, more recently, CERAM.

The Lucideon Library is an intrinsic part of our research cycle and plays a key role in supporting our R&D teams. We are an engaging and trusted hub for ceramics information with demonstrable expertise and experience in searching and accessing materials literature.


Our Information Services

All services are available to our subscribing Technology Partners.

LOIS - Lucideon Online Information Service

  • Browse, search and discover our collections, including:
    • Books and print journals
    • Conference Proceedings
    • CERAM technical reports and research papers
    • World Ceramics Abstracts

» Visit LOIS here

A limited range of content is freely available to search for non-Technology Partners.


Book Loans

  • Build your learning with our diverse range of ceramics and business books
  • Our historically important ceramics archive is available to view on request.

(Restrictions may apply).


World Ceramics Abstracts (WCA) Database

  • Produced by Lucideon (formally CERAM/British Ceramic Research Association), the WCA database is an important resource for global information on ceramic materials, processing, properties and applications dating from 1978.

» Technology Partners can log in here

For more information on how to sign up for access, contact us here




Information Enquiry Service

  • Our team can use their expertise to help answer questions on a wide range of topics using the material in our collections.
  • From clear cut questions to complex searches and document supply, all queries are dealt with confidentially.

Contact us using the enquiry form here


Evidence-based Literature Searches

  • Our professionally qualified team will work with you to provide a foundation for your ceramic based literature reviews utilising research methodologies and resources from our collections, enabling you to:
    • Put your research question into context.
    • Determine what research exists in the scholarly literature and industry publications.
    • Identify possible gap(s) in current knowledge for further research.

» Contact us to request a literature search



The Lucideon Learning Zone and Information Team are based at our HQ in Stone, Staffordshire.

Visits are available, by appointment only, for you to explore our special collections and archives. Our dedicated team is on hand to help, Tuesday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00 (UK time).

Hot desks are available.

» Contact Us to arrange a visit

The library team can also undertake research and enquiries for non-Technology Partners where a fee will be applicable.