Edinburgh and London libraries closed until further notice
Both libraries at Edinburgh and London are closed in line with the IFoA coronavirus policy - please check this policy for further reports.
The Libraries also cannot lend printed books at present, with apologies for the inconvenience.
Please see our Library Notices for information about eLibrary resources and services still available during the closure period.
The libraries in London and Edinburgh have 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).
Members' lounge and library
Tel. + 44 (0)20 7632 2114
Library and Publications Manager: Tom Bishop
Librarian: David Raymont
Members' lounge and library
Tel. + 44 (0)131 240 1823
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.
|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
up to 2 books from the
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.
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.
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Wicked Problems, Clumsy Solutions and Leading Change
Dr Catherine Donnelly will present the basics of the structures for pooling longevity risks and summarise recent research results in this area in addition to outlinging future research around this topic. This is work under a research programme funded by the IFoA's Actuarial Research Centre, called 'Minimizing longevity and investment risk while optimising future pension plans'.
Climate-Related Risk - This free to view webinar on Climate-Related Risk is the first in a series focusing on some of the ‘Hotspots’ identified in the JFAR Risk Perspective bringing the Risk Perspective to life with practical illustrations and insights from subject experts from the IFoA and other Regulators
Recent decades have seen institutions, such as employers and financial services, give people more choice and flexibility, but these freedoms have come with more responsibilities. Individuals are now responsible for managing more of their own financial risks, from ensuring they put enough money into their pension to securing affordable protection to be financially resilient.
Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.
This event is now temporarily closed on Monday 26 April, but the session will be repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place.
Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.
IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Western Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.
Mis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis. However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year. This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work
This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern
IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Central and Eastern Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.
This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.
Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.
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; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.