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Visiting the Library


The Library is located in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG and is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

The Library is open to:

Information for Non-Members

The Library's collections can be consulted by researchers, consultants and members of the public on payment of a visitor's fee.

Visitor's fees

Type of User After 1pm  Day  Week  Month  Year 
Private / Academic Research £16 £26  £78  £156  £312 
Concessions (Student / Retired / Unwaged) £10  £10  £30  £60 £120 
Commercial Research / Consultant £48  £78  £234 £702 £2106
Courtyard Societies* Free Free - - -
Other organisations**
Free Free - - -
Mineralogical Society of Britain and Ireland*** £10

An appointment is essential for your first visit. To make an appointment call +44 (0) 20 7432 0999 or email This is also an opportunity to ensure we have the materials you need and advise you if there is a better alternative.

Visitors are required to complete the Library Registration Form for Non-Members and provide ID/proof of address.

Non-members who are accompanied by a Fellow do not need to make an appointment but the above Private Research charges will apply if using Library materials.  Fellows may bring visitors to use the Lyell Room (currently a substitute for the Fellows' Room) for informal meetings free of charge.

Reciprocal organisations

*Courtyard Societies (by arrangement with their librarians)

  • Linnean Society 
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Society of Antiquaries

**Other organisations (proof of membership required):

  • 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 (proof of membership required)

Library Catalogue


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

"The geologists were delighted with the visit and can't wait to get back and do some research there"

- Corporate Affiliate member