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Using the libraries

The libraries in London and Edinburgh are open from 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday and each library has study booths, areas for group work, free wifi and refreshment areas

As well as a comprehensive collection of books and journals, the libraries also offer free reference access to the Core Reading, Acted Notes, past exam papers and further reading for the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

London Edinburgh

Members' lounge and library
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
7th floor, Holborn Gate
326-332 High Holborn

Tel. + 44 (0)20 7632 2114
Fax. + 44 (0)20 7632 2111

Library and Publications Manager: Tom Bishop

Librarian: David Raymont

Members' lounge and library
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Level 2 Exchange Crescent
7 Conference Square

Tel. + 44 (0)131 240 1300
Fax. + 44 (0)131 240 1313

Contact: Dr Ken Bogle, Librarian


How to get to the London office How to get to the Edinburgh office

If you are planning to visit us in person please let us know in advance so we can be on hand to welcome you.

Please check our Library notices ahead of your visit to the IFoA for study. Here we report where the members lounge can occasionally be unavailable when it is to be in use for other purposes.

If you cannot visit London or Edinburgh you might apply to use a local university library for a public user card to study there subject to the library’s admissions policy and terms of access. University libraries may prioritise study space for their students especially during busier university exam periods.

Books can be borrowed in person or by post

The standard loan period is one month but you will be able to renew loans subject to other member requests within one week of the due date.  Books borrowed by post are sent free of charge but you will be responsible for return postage.  Books sent outside of the United Kingdom are loaned for a period of 6 weeks from the date of despatch.

Category Books allowed Notes
IFoA Members resident in the UK or ROI up to 6 You must be in current membership
IFoA Members resident outside the UK or ROI up to 4 You must be in current membership
Members of overseas actuarial bodies resident in the UK or ROI up to 4 On production of proof of membership

Non-member candidates for CM1 or CS1 exams
resident in the UK or ROI, or overseas

up to 2 books from the
CM1 reading list

Temporary access to ebooks on CS1 reading list

Candidates must be registered for the exam and provide an IFoA registration or ‘ARN’ number.

Apply to IFoA Library Service for temporary Athens access.

University students resident in the UK or ROI up to 6 On accredited actuarial courses or pursuing related topic dissertation projects, students must supply a valid matriculation card (not NUS card) or letter of introduction.
Members of overseas actuarial bodies and University students resident overseas, and other Non-members Discretionary University students on relevant courses, Members of overseas actuarial bodies and not resident in the UK or ROI, researchers and other non-members may borrow at the discretion of library staff.  For books being sent outside the UK, a charge for postage may apply.

The borrowing limits may be varied subject to the discretion of library staff.  Books can be renewed by email or telephone subject to other members’ requests.

To search our collections please visit the library catalogue.

We can supply articles from journals covering all areas of professional practice and research

There may be a charge for this service.  If you are searching for documents or need advice on papers published on a particular topic contact the library and we will assist.  If you register for our Athens service you will have direct access to full text articles of many leading journals in mathematics, pensions, insurance, risk management and demography.

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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.