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Using the Library

Find out more about our collection and range of services

GSL Library E-Books 2017

Free E-Books for Fellows

Fellows can now access 50+ e-books for free using Athens logins. Find out more

Archive Catalogue

Visit the Archive Catalogue

Find out what is held in the Society's archive collection

GSL Library Literature Search Service

Literature Search Service

We can search GeoRef, Geofacets and other databases on your behalf - see our new infographic!

Library and Information Services

Welcome to one of the finest Earth Science libraries in the world. The Library contains over 300,000 volumes of books and serials and 40,000 maps, making it a collection of national importance covering all aspects of the geological sciences. 

We currently subscribe to over 600 journal titles from around the world.

The Library's dedicated staff are available to assist you with all your information needs. 

See Library Services for information on accessing e-journals from anywhere in the world, borrowing books and maps by post, ordering a literature search of databases, visiting the archive and more. 

With comfortable study space and WiFi throughout, the Library offers perfect surroundings for research in the heart of London.

For details of services available to non-members see Visiting the Library or email us

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Library Catalogue


Search for books, journals and maps using the Library catalogue.

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics website

Discover the history of plate tectonics on Plate Tectonics: The Dan McKenzie archive

Contact Details

The Library
The Geological Society
Burlington House

Tel: +44 (0)20 7432 0999

Fax: +44 (0)20 7439 3470


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