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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 and is open Tuesday – Thursday, 10am-5pm.

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.

Upper library offering free wifi map room geofacts and georef staff assistance free tea and coffee scanning and copying facilities staff assistance comfortable and quiet space to study and extensive collections

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.