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Edinburgh and London libraries closed until further notice

Both libraries at Edinburgh and London are closed to visitors, but have resumed postal lending of books, subject to availability.

Please see our Library Notices for information about the range of digital resources and library services still available during the closure period.

Library information

When open, the libraries in London and Edinburgh have offered study booths, areas for group work, free wifi and refreshment areas.

As well as a comprehensive collection of books and journals, the libraries also offered 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 (currently closed) Edinburgh (currently closed)

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

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

Library & Publications Manager: Tom Bishop

Librarian: David Raymont

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Level 2 Exchange Crescent
7 Conference Square
EDINBURGH
EH3 8RA

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

Knowledge & Publications
Assistant: Ken Bogle

 

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 requested for loan by post

The standard loan period is one month.  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

Temporary access to ebooks on
CM1 reading list
or 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 access via OpenAthens.

University students resident in the UK or ROI up to 4 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. 

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, please contact the library and we will assist.  Members can login at https://www.actuaries.org.uk/user/login/athens will have direct access to full text articles of many leading journals in mathematics, pensions, insurance, risk management and demography - please see our guide to Using the IFoA Actuarial Knowlege Hub.

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

  • Spaces available

    The Actuaries’ Carbon Collaboration (ACC) is a group of actuaries and other professionals working towards a coherent understanding of the issues around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by considering them in an actuarial context.

    Emissions into and absorption from the atmosphere can be modelled in the same way that we model variable cash flows, including the impacts of uncertain quantities and timing. The ACC’s work investigates both the insights that this analogy provides and its limitations.

  • Spaces available

    This talk presents the work of the Data and Modelling workstream of the IFoA Mental Health Working Party. We explore data and modelling considerations in the risk assessment and underwriting of mental health conditions. We will also consider how newer risk factors and improved data availability might open up opportunities for additional underwriting and product designs.

  • Pensions Dashboards

    12 July 2022

    Spaces available

    As the industry prepares for Pensions Dashboards, we have lined up a specialist panel who is at the heart of the ongoing work in this area. Hear the latest developments, future proposals and have the opportunity to put forward your questions to our speakers.

  • Spaces available

    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

  • Spaces available

    Artificial Intelligence is heralded as a game-changer to the ways industries use data, with the insurance industry especially looking to embrace these new technologies. This brings many questions – not least around data privacy, ethics, potential biases and so on – with regulators increasingly interested in developments.

    Moreover, whilst the stunning progress of specific technologies such as Watson and Alphazero made headlines some years ago, current commercial applications of AI remain far from mature.

  • Spaces available

    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

  • Spaces available

    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.

  • Spaces available

    The purpose of this research paper is to explore enterprise risk management lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic in preparation for potential future pandemics as well as other “gray rhino” or “black swan” events. This paper is not intended to be an all-encompassing solution to the issues presented by Covid-19; rather, the content has been provided to help drive discussions regarding how risk management processes may need to evolve in line with the dynamic nature of the underlying risks that they sometimes need to capture.

  • Spaces available

    The IFoA's Infrastructure Working Party, led by Chris Lewin, will present its new introductory guide to infrastructure investment, which will be published on the IFoA web-site prior to the webinar.   Those readers whose institutions have already taken the plunge into infrastructure will know that it is a highly complex and diverse field of activity.   This guide does not explore all the matters which investors take into account, but it does discuss many of the more important points, including the risks and past returns, benchmarking, and ESG and SDG considerations.    Attendees will be invi

  • Spaces available

    Health contributes to happiness at the personal, family, community and societal level.  Health, importantly underpins all our economic security. This talk will explore the drivers of our health, the measurement of health and the steps we can take to improve health – most of which lie outside the NHS.