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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.

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Free E-Books for Fellows

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

Library and Information Services

Library closure - COVID-19

The Library will be closed to visitors until January 2021. Library staff will continue to run a weekly postal loan and document delivery/scanning service and will be available to answer enquiries the remainder of the week.

Available Library Services

Library staff are working from home and are available to answer any enquiries by email ( and phone (Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 9944, option 3), Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

The following services are available:

  • Postal loans - borrow up to 6 books/maps by post
  • Document supply - scans of articles/chapters from journals and books
  • 'Click and Collect' - email us to arrange to collect loans/copies outside the Geological Society
  • Inter-Library loans - we can order books and papers from the British Library and elsewhere
  • Research/Enquiries - as well as helping with the Library's electronic resources we can advise where to find material. We are able to access some resources in addition to what you might find yourself online - just ask!
  • Database searches - we can search the GeoRef and Geofacets databases on your behalf and send you lists of references
  • Map enquiries - the Map Librarian can advise on holdings, offer advice and direct you towards online mapping where available
  • Archive enquiries - the Archivist is available to answer any enquiries relating to the Archive

The following online services are also 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 7434 9944 (Option 3)


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