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Friends of the Society

Benefits of becoming a Friend of The Geological Society

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The Friends of The Geological Society of London (GSL) scheme is open to all amateur, non-professional geologists. It was launched following the Shell London Lecture series (now known as the London Lecture series) which stimulated many people to ask how they could support the Society and find out more about the exciting work being done by geologists to address the intellectual and practical challenges of the twenty-first century.

A Friend can enjoy many benefits including:

  • Free access to the Geological Society’s Fellows’ lounge
    • Relax in the Fellows' lounge in Burlington House and read current Journals and Papers.  
  • Use of our Library
    • Free use of the Library*.  
  • A discount on Special Publications
    • Friends can claim a 40% discount on the list price of books in the Society Special Publications series. **
  • A monthly copy of Geoscientist
    • Our membership magazine contains many interesting feature articles and provides a link to what’s happening within the Society.
  • Special Friends of the Geological Society event(s)
  • Our Friends Newsletter, plus the option to receive the GSL online newsletter  
    • Become more involved by being one of the first to know about forthcoming events and activities.  
  • Access to the GSL’s regional group activities
    • The GSL has 14 regional groups across the UK and welcomes new members. All Friends can join their nearest Regional Group.   
  • Information on courses available for amateur geologists
  • Preferential deals with organisations such as Wexas Travel, the Gourmet Society, Cotswold, LA Fitness and others. See Lifestyle Benefits for full details.
  • Ask a Geologist service

How much does it cost?

Joining as a Friend costs £39 for a calender year with a discounted rate for joiners from 1 May. Payment by direct debit simplifies renewals and helps keep our administrative costs to a minimum.

Join today

Friends of the Society Application Form

If you have queries about your suitability or your application, please contact Judi Lakin.


* library use is reference only, ie no borrowing and all other services are at cost.

** the Special Publication discount only applies to purchases made by fax, telephone, email or post and not via the online shop.