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Become a Friend of the Society

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 Public 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 21st 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.
  • Free use of our 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 features a range of interesting geoscience articles and Society news items.
  • GSL Newsletter - learn about forthcoming events and activities.
  • Access to the GSL’s regional group activities - GSL has 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 a range of organisations - see our lifestyle benefits for full details.


Joining as a Friend costs £39 for a calendar 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.


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

* Library use is reference only, i.e. no borrowing and all other services are at cost.

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