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Postal loans and document supply (COVID-19 precautions)

Postal loans

The Library is pleased to resume the postal loans service for Fellows and Corporate Patrons living in the UK. Please contact us via to borrow items.

The conditions of loan are unchanged from our existing terms, but we have made the following adjustments to our loan system to keep our staff and membership safe, and minimise the risk of infection:

  • Staff will aim to go into the Library once a week to deal with postal loans requests 
  • The number of books that can be borrowed at the same time will depend on their size and weight, for reasons of cost and security
  • We are able to post folded maps and some flat maps (depending on postal service availability)
  • Books will be handled and packed by staff wearing personal protective equipment. Parcels containing returned books will be placed in quarantine for a period of 72 hours before being re-shelved (or posted again if requested by someone else)
  • Borrowers are kindly asked not to attempt to disinfect books either before or after use; this risks damage to the item, and is redundant in light of the infection control measures Library staff already have in place

Click and Collect

We are also able to provide a 'click and collect' service for those members who are able to visit central London, usually on Wednesdays between 11am and 3pm. Email us your loan requests and we can arrange a time to pass you the item(s) on Piccadilly, outside the Geological Society.

Supply of PDF scans and photocopies

Library staff are also able to scan articles and chapters from journals and books for Fellows, Friends and Corporate Patrons worldwide.

  • Staff will aim to go into the Library once a week to deal with document requests
  • Please see our document delivery service pages for information on requesting items

For all enquiries concerning the postal loans and scanning service, please contact the Library via