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Visiting the Library

Find out our opening hours and how to book a visit

Geological Society Library ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect access for Fellows

Extensive resources available on ScienceDirect using an OpenAthens login

Mary Anning Exhibition

Mary Anning Exhibition

Discover Mary Anning's presence and influence in our collections through her relationships with our Fellows


Postal loan and scanning services

Did you know that you can borrow books by post and order scans of documents? Find out more

Library and Information Services

Library opening hours: 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. Find out more about visiting the Library

Library Closed - Wednesday 6 March

The Library will be closed to all visitors on Wednesday 6 March to allow for the de-installation of the Megalosaurus model. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

View the full programme of events

The Geological Society Library houses one of the finest collections of geoscience literature in the world. Run by a friendly and professional team, who are on hand to provide advice and support, the library offers Fellows and other users a wealth of resources including rich historical archives, an unrivalled map collection and the latest scholarly research delivered straight to your device or desktop.

Explore our extensive library and map collections through our library catalogue and discover our archives through the dedicated archives catalogue

Benefit from postal loans, digital document delivery from our own collections, or an inter-library loan from a worldwide network of libraries

Access electronic journals and a growing portfolio of ebooks via our OpenAthens authentication system

Find out about the latest research through our database search service or access GeoRef when you are on-site

Enjoy our online exhibitions and discover hundreds of images in our Picture Library

Visit the library at Burlington House, browse the open shelves and study in our beautiful reading rooms

Library Catalogue


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

Contact Details

The Library
The Geological Society
Burlington House


Tel: +44(0) 207 432 0999

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