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Visiting the Library


Important notice: Due to the ongoing risk to public health posed by the coronavirus, the Geological Society’s offices in London and Bath are closed until further notice. This includes the Library at Burlington House. Visit our Library homepage to find out more about how you can use your Library services online while the building remains shut.

The Library is located in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG and is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

  • Comfortable and quiet study space
  • Map Room
  • 300,000+ books and journals
  • GeoRef and Geofacets databases
  • Scanning and copying facilities

  • Library staff to assist
  • Wifi throughout the building
  • Meet with colleagues
  • Burlington House Bookshop
  • Tea and coffee

Information for Members

The following can use the Library any time during normal opening hours:

Information for Non-Members

The Library's collections can be consulted by researchers, consultants and members of the public on payment of a fee. 

If you wish to consult the Archive collections please contact the Archivist for further details.

Non-Members' fees

Type of User After 1pm  Day  Week  Month  Year 
Private / Academic Research £16 £26  £78  £156  £312 
Concessions (Student / Retired / Unwaged) £10  £10  £30  £60 £120 
Commercial Research / Consultant £48  £78  £234 £702 £2106
Courtyard Societies* Free Free - - -
Other organisations**
Free Free - - -
Mineralogical Society of Britain and Ireland*** £10

An appointment is essential for non-members. To make an appointment call +44 (0) 20 7432 0999 or email This is also an opportunity to ensure we have the materials you need and advise you if there is a better alternative.

Visitors are required to complete the Library Registration Form for Non-Members and provide ID/proof of address.

Guests of Fellows are not required to pay a fee unless using Library materials, in which case the above Private Research charges apply.

Reciprocal organisations

*Courtyard Societies (by arrangement with their librarians)

  • Linnean Society 
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Society of Antiquaries

**Other organisations (proof of membership required):

  • AAPG
  • Geological Association of Canada
  • Geological Society of America
  • Institute of Geologists of Ireland
  • Institution of Materials Mining and Metallurgy

***Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (proof of membership required)

Library Catalogue


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

Get to know your Library

Come along to one of our drop-in sessions on the last Thursday of each month