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Visiting the Library

We are open Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5pm

The Library is located in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG 

Burlington House is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5pm. It is not necessary for members to make an appointment, however if making a special trip or if there is specific material you require we recommend letting us know you are coming in advance. Non-members and Archive visitors must make an appointment.

Please email [email protected]. Find out more about visiting the Library

library with tables and chairs
  • Comfortable and quiet study space 

  • Staff assistance 

  • Extensive collections for browsing 

  • Free WiFi 

  • Scanning and copying facilities 

  • Map Room 

  • Free tea and coffee

  • GeoRef database

Who can visit the Library?

Geological Society Members:

Members of the following organisations (proof of membership required):

  • Courtyard Societies (Linnean Society, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Antiquaries)
  • 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


The Library's collections can be consulted by non-members for a charge of £25 per day (£15 after 1pm). Concessions (Students/Retired/Unwaged): £10.00. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Become a Friend of the Society for £50 a year and enjoy unlimited access to the Library - find out more

Using the Archives

The Archivist is available to welcome researchers who wish to consult the archive collections, including non-members (free of charge). Please email [email protected] for further details.

Visiting the William Smith map

William Smith's 1815 geological map is displayed in the Society's entrance hall and can be viewed Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30am-5pm. Please enquire at Reception. No appointment is necessary. Find out more

Library Catalogue


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

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