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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This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.
The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.
The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.
Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.
This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.
The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.
Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.
Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.