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Using the Library

Find out more about our collection and range of services

Plate Tectonics Dan McKenzie archive

Plate Tectonics: The Dan McKenzie archive

Find out about the discovery of plate tectonics on our new website

GSL Library Remote Services

Remote Services Film

Find out about Library services for Fellows with our new YouTube video

GSL Library Picture Library

Visit our new Picture Library

We have re-launched our Picture Library of historic images from the collection - now with print-on-demand service

Library and Information Services

Christmas and New Year closure

The Geological Society will be closed from 4pm on Friday 23 December and will reopen at 9.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.  The Library (and Burlington House) will also be closed from 12pm on Friday 15 December.

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

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The Geological Society
Burlington House

Tel: +44 (0)20 7432 0999

Fax: +44 (0)20 7439 3470


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