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Knowledge services

The CII maintains a specialist collection of print and electronic resources dedicated to insurance, risk, and related financial services. Our print collection is the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland, and likely holds the largest collection of insurance related print materials in Europe. 

Subjects covered include the history of insurance and all classes of insurance, risk management, loss prevention, civil liability, shipping, aviation, pensions, investment and other financial services.


CII membership gives you full access to CII Knowledge Services, including the eLibrary, book lending (in the EU/EEA), copies of articles or chapters, and member-only content in our online knowledge bank at In all cases access is provided on the understanding that the information and materials made available are for your own personal use. Other membership benefits include the CII's Journal and discounts on other CII publications.

Discover membership is free to secondary school/college teachers and students in full-time education.

Non-member charges

If you are not a member of the CII or PFS, you are still welcome to make an enquiry however, charges may apply to non-members requesting electronic copies or and/or for retrieval of offsite materials. Please see the table below for details. For further information about our services and fees please see the research and enquiries and copying service pages.

Due to licensing requirements, non-members are not permitted to make use of the electronic or online resources such as specialist databases.

We reserve the right to refuse non-CII members access to certain material. 

Please see the links to the right for further information about our collections and services.

To contact us please email or call (+44) 0207 417 4406.


Knowledge Services staff are happy to help arrange book loans, provide a copy of a chapter or print article, and can also assist with research enquiries for technical, regulatory and market sources of information.

For information about membership, tuition, training and examinations or qualifications, please contact our Customer Services team, on (+44) 0208 989 8464 or email


Knowledge services

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Members receive exclusive discounts on CII tuition, courses and exam entry.