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Postal Loans

The Map Room

We can send maps out to Fellows and Corporate Affiliates on loan in the post.

To use this service just ask and we will get the maps you request in the post to you. 

What you need to know.

  • Maps are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery
  • We will invoice you for the cost of postage plus a £1 administration fee for each package sent
  • Maps should also be returned to us by Special Delivery
  • Folded maps and texts are sent in padded envelopes for protection through the post
  • Flat maps are rolled and posted in tubes with protective packaging
  • Maps cannot be posted outside the UK

When posting maps back to use, ensure that they are packaged well, and that flat maps are rolled in the tubes they were sent in. 

Some of our folded maps are stored in envelopes on our shelves with information such as barcodes and titles printed on the outside.  These are are important to protect the maps and to allow us to find the maps in the Map Room.  Please ensure that you send these back as well as the map, and that you do not use these envelopes to stick stamps on and put them in the post!

If you are returning maps via your organisation's post room, please make sure that they are instructed to post back our maps safely and according to the instructions on this page.  Most especially, items should be returned by Royal Mail Special Delivery to ensure that the maps are insured for their postal journey.

If you need advice on packing maps for the post contact the Map Librarian. 

The return address for postal items is:

Map Librarian
The Library
The Geological Society of London
Burlington House

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