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COVID-19 update

Many Geological Society staff are working remotely to maintain our services and activities. Read a message from Richard Hughes, our Executive Secretary, to find out more.


Postal Loan and Scanning Services

While the Library remains closed you can borrow books by post and order scans of documents. Find out more

GSL Library E-Books 2017

Free E-Books for Fellows

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

Library and Information Services

Library services during COVID-19 closure

In light of the evolving coronavirus situation and advice from the UK government, the Society’s offices in London and Bath are closed and will remain so until 31 August 2020.

Update – 12 June 2020: We have now resumed our postal loan and document supply/scanning services.

The 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.

We are able to help with:

  • 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
  • Inter-Library loans - if you would like to borrow a book or access a paper from a journal we don't subscribe to, please let us know and we will try and source it from elsewhere. Just ask!
  • Database searches - we can search the GeoRef and Geofacets databases on your behalf and send you lists of references
  • Maps - we can offer advice and direct you to free online mapping where available

The following online services remain available:

We have also compiled a list of additional online resources provided free by other organisations during the COVID-19 situation.

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

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

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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