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Visiting the Library

We are open Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5pm

The Library is located in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG 

To ensure staff availability, we kindly ask you to let us know you are coming in advance. To make an appointment, please email with your preferred date. Find out more about visiting the Library

PLEASE NOTE The Library will be closed on Wednesday 7 February

Use of the Library in February

From 12-29 February a life-size model of a Megalosaurus will be installed in the Upper Library, as part of Megalosaurus Month.

The Library will be open as normal, with the Lyell Room kept free for Library users. We hope you'll want to combine a visit to the dinosaur with some research!

However, please note that the dinosaur model will be open to the public throughout the period 12-29 February, with various activities occurring in the Upper Library. On certain event dates we are expecting the building to be very busy.

It will also be necessary to close the Library for installation of the model on Wednesday 7 February. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

View the full programme of events

library with tables and chairs
  • Comfortable and quiet study space 

  • Staff assistance 

  • Extensive collections for browsing 

  • Free WiFi 

  • Scanning and copying facilities 

  • Map Room 

  • Free tea and coffee

  • GeoRef database

Who can visit the Library?

Geological Society Members:

Members of the following organisations (proof of membership required):

  • Courtyard Societies (Linnean Society, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Antiquaries)
  • AAPG
  • Geological Association of Canada
  • Geological Society of America
  • Institute of Geologists of Ireland
  • Institution of Materials Mining and Metallurgy
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland


The Library's collections can be consulted by non-members for a charge of £25 per day (£15 after 1pm). Concessions (Students/Retired/Unwaged): £10.00. Please email for more information.

Become a Friend of the Society for £50 a year and enjoy unlimited access to the Library - find out more

Using the Archives

The Archivist is available to welcome researchers who wish to consult the archive collections, including non-members (free of charge). Please email for further details.

Visiting the William Smith map

William Smith's 1815 geological map is displayed in the Society's entrance hall and can be viewed Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30am-5pm. Please enquire at Reception. No appointment is necessary. Find out more

Library Catalogue


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

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