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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 and recall of all Library books from loan

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.

Recall of all Library books from loan by 31 July 2021

We are now asking all borrrowers of all IFoA library books on loan, issued before and renewed since March 2020, to return them to the IFoA London office by 31 July 2021. There are no fines for long loans, but we may charge for books not returned after this date so that we can replace them for use by other members. This recall is also to allow the Library to audit all its stock resources. We thank all borrowers for their co-operation and support.

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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