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Using the libraries

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.

Library information

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).

London Edinburgh

Members' lounge and library
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
7th floor, Holborn Gate
326-332 High Holborn
LONDON 
WC1V 7PP

Tel. + 44 (0)20 7632 2114
Fax. + 44 (0)20 7632 2111
Email: libraries@actuaries.org.uk

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
EDINBURGH
EH3 8RA

Tel. + 44 (0)131 240 1823
Fax. + 44 (0)131 240 1313
Email: libraries@actuaries.org.uk

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.

Contact Details

For any library enquiries please contact:

libraries@actuaries.org.uk

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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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.