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Get to know your Library - free Training Sessions

The Library runs regular training sessions for members. Sign up to our next online session, or visit in person for an introductory tour.

Online Training Sessions

Next session: Date TBC

Open to: Fellows and Student Members

The online training session will introduce you to the Library's collections and the wide range of services we offer, with a focus on making the most of our e-books and e-journals.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Library collections
  • Online access to e-books and e-journals
  • Accessing the ScienceDirect platform
  • Borrowing items and requesting copies
  • GeoRef database
  • The Map Room
  • Archives and special collections

The training will take place on Zoom and last approximately 1 hour, including time for questions.

To attend, please email [email protected] stating your preferred date.

In-person Training

Open to: Fellows, Student Members, Friends and employees of Corporate Patron companies

If you visit the Library in person we would be very happy to arrange an in-person induction, including a tour of the Archives.

As well as covering the topics in the above online training, an in-person session is an opportunity to find out about the wide range of services we offer before browsing our world-class collections in the Library at Burlington House. You can have a go at searching the GeoRef database, visit the Map Room, and meet the Library staff.

We offer these sessions any time during normal opening hours. Please get in touch to arrange a date and time. Email: [email protected]

Library Open Day - Next date TBC

Fellows, Friends and Student Members are invited to join us for a special Open Day on Thursday 6 July. This is an opportunity to find out more about our collections and the wide range of services we offer.

We will be running two interactive sessions, at 11am and 3pm, which will include:

  • Introduction to the Main Library - browse the modern collections, try the GeoRef database, and learn how to get the most out of your e-resources
  • Visit to the Map Room - discover our collection of 40,000+ geological maps and how our Map Librarian can help with your research
  • Archives display - view a variety of treasures from our Archives and Special Collections
Start your visit in our entrance hall by viewing Mary Anning's portrait and the famous WIlliam Smith map!

To attend, please email [email protected], stating your preferred time.