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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The IFoA’s Actuarial Review Team has published its first thematic review, which looked at the actuarial advice given by scheme actuaries to UK pension scheme trustees on setting transfer values and commutation rates.
IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.
What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?
In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.
Trust and Leadership for Actuaries
Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:
In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.
Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.
As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.
IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.
IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.