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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We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”
In April 2021, the CMI Income Protection Committee published Working Paper 149, which detailed the changes to analysis methodology for the Income Protection Investigation and the impact of past data issues. This webinar will provide an overview of the changes in the analysis approach and discuss the adjustments to the IP11 claim inceptions graduations.
Louise Pryor, IFoA President, will chair this free-to-view session, in which Alex Darsley, TPR, Actuarial Regulatory Policy, will be discussing the regulator’s Climate Change Guidance Consultation, which is seeking views on new guidance designed to help trustees meet tougher standards of governance in relation to climate change ri
Internal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible? This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.
Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.