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Library services

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) library service supports the learning, research and information needs of members, academics and anyone interested in actuarial science worldwide

The library service is delivered from the offices of the IFoA in London and Edinburgh. Each site has offered a quiet, comfortable study space, room for group work, and free internet access in the members' lounge. Books covering all areas of professional practice and research are available to borrow. 

Library and member lounges remain closed: Limited library lending of books has resumed

Both IFoA Edinburgh and IFoA London library areas remain closed to visitors and we apologise for the inconvenience. 

IFoA members can now contact us to borrow books again using our library catalogue or by emailing requests to libraries@actuaries.org.uk as we are able to lend library books, where available, by post or using couriers from the IFoA London and IFoA Edinburgh offices. We may have to collect different requests to send them out from the IFoA offices once a week, so please bear this in mind if you want to use the lending service.

Please see our Library Notices for information about the range of digital resources and library services still available during the closure period.

Access thousands of books, journals, and online resources

The library service has a comprehensive range of online resources available to members 24 hours a day on PC, tablet or mobile device.  The Actuarial Knowledge Hub is a gateway to Journals, papers and eBooks at the cutting edge of actuarial research.  IFoA members: please login using your IFoA website member credentials.

Enquiries, literature searching, and document supply

The IFoA Library Service's New Acquisitions and Subject Search provides links to prepared searches that find new books or journal articles related to the actuarial practice area, subject or geographic region, and available through the IFoA Library catalogue.

For subject enquiries, you can search the Library catalogue and Actuarial Knowledge Hub to compile reading lists of references on more specialist topics, and we will suggest external information sources to complement this where known. The library team offers information and document supply services, including tracing and obtaining materials, biographical information, and assistance with sources for research papers, projects, and dissertations. Please contact the IFoA Library team for assistance.

History and heritage collections

The IFoA's special library collections and archives relate to the origins, creation, and development of actuarial science and practice – a history of some 350 years. Highlights include the historical collections of the Institute of Actuaries and the Faculty of Actuaries, and the Archive of the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Access to the historical and archives collections is currently restricted, but please contact the Library team if you an enquiry about these collections.

Library catalogue and Actuarial Knowledge Hub

Our library catalogue search has holdings of 20,000 print books and documents, and our knowledge hub has a wide range of 300 online ebooks, 30,000 articles, and research papers.

Contact Details

For any library enquiries please contact:

libraries@actuaries.org.uk

We try to respond to email queries within one working day. Researcher access to historical resources may require notice in advance of visit in order to retrieve items from storage.

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Events calendar

  • CILA 2022

    23 May 2022 - 24 May 2022

    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; transitioning to Net Zero; increased inflationary pressures and supply chain issues; to self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements. CILA 2022 focuses on these challenges to ensure we continue to be informed and remain battle ready, as well as showcasing highlights of recent CMI outputs.

  • Spaces available

    In the spirit of fostering the IFoA’s vibrant, global community and enabling our members to participate, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year. This allows for greater accessibility to this important annual event, and for greater accountability of our organisation.

    The Business of the AGM

  • The IFoA Conference 2022

    133 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7BX and Online
    22 June 2022 - 23 June 2022
    Spaces available

    We’re delighted to welcome you back to our first in-person conference since early 2020, also being delivered virtually in our first-ever hybrid event. The theme of our inaugural two-day conference is ‘Focusing on tomorrow’s actuary’ and will explore the contribution actuarial science is making to some of tomorrow’s biggest issues.

     

  • Spaces available

    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

  • Spaces available

    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.