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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 offers 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 lounge closures

Following the IFoA coronavirus policy, both IFoA Edinburgh and IFoA London member lounges and library areas are currently closed, and the Libraries cannot lend printed books, with apologies for the inconvenience.

Please see our Library Notices for information about eLibrary resources and 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 new Actuarial Knowledge Hub is a gateway to Journals, papers and eBooks at the cutting edge of actuarial research.  IFoA members can log in using their IFoA website credentials here.

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 actuarial practice area, subject or geographic region, and available through the IFoA Library catalogue.

For subject enquiries, we now advise specific searches of the Library catalogue and Actuarial Knowledge Hub for members and other users 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 Service 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.

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

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • UK Town Hall 08:30-09:30

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • UK Town Hall 10:00-11:00

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report. 

  • Spaces available

    Running off the £2 trillion of UK corporate sector defined benefit liabilities in an efficient and effective fashion is the biggest challenge facing the UK pensions industry. Trustees and sponsors overseeing those schemes need to be clear on their target end-state and the associated journey plan – but too few have well articulated and robust plans.

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial skill set has much to offer the banking industry. So many of the skills that actuaries acquire during their working life translate across to the world of banking and yet banking is perceived as an alien environment to many actuaries. But is it?

  • Spaces available

    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.