Fellows and Associate Members of the Linnean Society of London residing in the United Kingdom can borrow up to six books from the Library, with the following exceptions:

  • Books published before 1900
  • Periodicals and serials
  • Items containing original artwork or hand-coloured illustrations
  • Oversize, rare, valuable or fragile books
  • Items containing or consisting of manuscript material, including annotations
  • Books with an important provenance or association

The loan period is one month, and renewable if not required by another user.

Borrowers will receive an email reminder when their books are due. The Society does not charge overdue fees, but borrowers may be charged for the replacement of books that are lost or deliberately damaged.

A postal loans service is available for UK-based members unable to visit our premises in person. Loans are sent by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery, with postage to be paid by the borrower. We ask that all postal loans are returned to the Society by a tracked method. Borrowers will be liable for any library returns lost or damaged in the post that are not sent by a tracked method.

We regret that Student Associate Members are not currently entitled to borrow books, but are very welcome to use the library on a reference basis.

Some limited reciprocal access agreements are available in connection with the other Burlington House Societies. If you wish to use another Society’s library—or have any other questions about borrowing library books—please contact the library.