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The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Library reports matters of current interest to IFoA students and members about the library service and member facilities at the IFoA offices:

IFoA eLibrary and new 'Actuarial Knowledge Hub'

The eLibrary is available to members and affiliates registering for 'Athens access. IFoA members now have access to an integrated research portal in the form of the Actuarial Knowledge Hub.  The Hub will bring together several distinct sources of research in actuarial science in one search:

  • The online journals and ebooks available to IFoA members;
  • The valuable catalogue of over 30,000 abstracts and references from journals worldwide built up over many decades by library staff;
  • The IFoA library catalogue and its 20,000 records of hard copy holdings;
  • A complete index of Actuary magazine features;
  • The catalogue of rare books collected by the Faculty and Institute since their formation.  This is a unique archive of historical books and pamphlets devoted to the history and development of actuarial science;
  • Thousands of relevant references from research databases across the world.

Highlights of the journal collection include Statsref: Wiley Statistics Reference Online, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, the Scandinavian Actuarial Journal and the Journal of Risk and Insurance.  Access is also available to the British Actuarial Journal and Annals of Actuarial Science.

Members also have access to over 200 eBooks, from titles to support exam reading to insurance, pensions, risk management and general business books.  In the coming months more content will be added to the Hub including IFoA working party outputs, conference proceedings and presentations.

To find out more contact the library service at or access the Knowledge Hub at

IFoA Library catalogue

The Library Service now offers an upgraded online library catalogue which covers all library resources and now includes historical holdings published before 1901. Members and affiliates can send a 'Request' to the IFoA Library Service to borrow selected results of those printed resources available for loan. Access the Library catalogue at:

The library reports new additions to its catalogue. Alternatively this search of the catologue new publications finds added books and ebooks published in 2017.

Library resources for IFoA exams

'Plan my study route' guides students preparing exams for IFoA qualifications to all study resources. Please see suggested books for exam study via links below, and click to email requests to the libraries.
Resources for:  CT1 | CT2 | CT3 | CT4 | CT5 | CT6 | CT7 | CT8 | CA2 |
                         ST6 | ST9 | SA1 | SA2 | SA3 | SA4 | SA5 | SA6 |
Some are available as ebooks from the IFoA eLibrary.

For ST9, please note that Financial Enterprise Risk Management, 2nd edition, by P.J. Sweeting (2017) has recently been added as an ebook available for members in the IFoA eLibrary. After member login to the Actuarial Knowledge Hub, IFoA members and students can find the book title listed under 'eBooks and eJournals'.

External study: Arrangements for IFoA students to use external university and other local library facilities

The Cass Business School withdrew from offering free library access for IFoA students from April 2016, as it prioritises City University students preparing for its exams. IFoA students can still apply for access to City University library at a charge, and those with an existing non-university library card can continue to study there for the term of its validity. Please note that other university libraries may also prioritise access and study spaces for their students especially during busier university exam periods.

International Actuarial Association, Actuaries Without Borders – ‘Book drive’ donation scheme

Do you have textbooks no longer used from past exam study? The IAA has a ‘Book drive’ scheme inviting those wishing to pledge book titles listed as requested by overseas universities for their actuarial courses. Financial donations to the scheme are also welcome.

Contact Details

For any library enquiries please contact:

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.