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GSL Library E-Books 2017

Free E-Books for Fellows

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

Archive Catalogue

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Find out what is held in the Society's archive collection

Library and Information Services

Library closure - COVID-19 - update January 2021

Following the latest government guidance related to COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended our weekly postal loan and document supply service. We hope to resume these services at the earliest opportunity when it is safe to do so. Loans will continue to be renewed automatically. The Library remains closed to Fellows and other users at this time. 

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:

  • E-books and E-Journals
  • 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
  • Library online catalogue
  • Archive catalogue
  • Picture Library

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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