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Library Reopening - 20 May 2021

The Library will be reopening on Thursdays from 20 May - book an appointment


Postal loan and scanning services

Did you know that you can borrow books by post and order scans of documents? Find out more on our COVID-19 postal loans and document supply page.

GSL Library E-Books 2017

Free E-Books for Fellows

Fellows can access 60+ e-books for free using Athens logins.

Archive Catalogue

Visit the Archive Catalogue

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

Library and Information Services

Library reopening - update May 2021

It is our aim to reopen the Library to Fellows, Friends, Corporate Patrons and archive researchers from Thursday 20 May. Initially, our opening hours will be restricted to 11.00am to 4.00pm on Thursdays. An appointment is essential for all visitors. Find out more about our reopening and how to book an appointment on our Visiting the Library page. 

Available Library Services

Library staff are working from home and are available to answer any enquiries by email ( and phone (Tel: +44 (0)20 7432 0999), Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

The following services are available:

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, please see visiting the Library or email us

Library Catalogue


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

Contact Details

The Library
The Geological Society
Burlington House

Tel: +44 (0)20 7432 0999


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