Library services

Mineralogical Society member on-site access to the Geological Society Library (from September 2014)

The following Geological Society Library (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London site) services have been made available to Mineralogical Society members:

Use of the Library as a reference library Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

•         enquiry service
•         retrieval service
•         quiet research and study space

Access to:

•         300,000 volumes of books and serials
•         all printed and online journal subscriptions (onsite only)
•         40,000 maps
•         2 bibliographic databases GeoRef and Geofacets (onsite only)

Additional at-a-cost services available:

•         literature searching
•         document delivery

Our charges (including our visitors’ fees) are available here.

Access will cost £10 per day per member. Book your visit in advance by or calling +44 (0)20 7432 0999.

Mineralogical Society Library

The  Mineralogical Society Library moved to Kingston University in February 1995. It is housed in the main University library at Penrhyn Road and is fully integrated within the University library system. Mineralogical Society members who wish to use it will have access to the entire library collection and are welcome to use all the library facilities, including photocopying facilities, within the Penrhyn Road library. The collection is for reference only.
Due to University security regulations, members wishing to use the library at weekends will need to obtain a pass in advance from the Penrhyn Road Library.

Access to the Mineralogical Society Library is available during the normal opening hours of the Penrhyn Road Library.

In term time these are: Monday–Friday: 08.30–21.00, Saturday 10.00–17.00, and Sunday: 10.00-21.00. In vacation time, the library is generally open Monday to Friday between 08.30 and 17.30, although members are advised to confirm opening times by telephone. The library is closed on bank holidays.

Any queries about holdings, access and obtaining passes should be directed to:

Karen Butcher
Senior Information Advisor
Kingston University,
Penrhyn Road,
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE
Tel. 020 8417 2107

A full list of the contents of the Mineralogical Society Library is available at

Kingston University is easily reached by road (rapid access from the M25 by the A3 and A240), bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station or by rail from Waterloo or Clapham Junction to Surbiton or Kingston (the former has a faster and more frequent service).