Frequently Asked Questions


If I join the Society during the year how long will I have access to the Library? The membership year runs from January to December. If you join, for example, in March your membership will expire at the end of December that year.

What happens if I join the Society at the beginning of the Academic year? Members who join after 1 September may either join for that year and receive the print journals published in November, or join for the following year, in which case they can use the Library, borrow books and enjoy the other benefits from the date of joining, but will not receive their print journals until the November of the following year. For example a member joining the Society in September 2015 can either:

  • join for 2015 and receive the 2015 publications (in November) with access to the library until January 2016 or
  • join in advance for 2016 with access to the library from September 2015 to January 2017 and recieve the 2016 publications.

If joining between September and December please indicate clearly on the application form whether you wish to join for the current or next year.

I don't have a Paypal account, can I join online? You do not require a Paypal account, simply click through and select the option on the right to pay by debit or credit card.

Can I join at the Library desk? Yes the membership forms are at the library desk. You can pay by cash, cheque or fill out your debit, credit card or bank account details. If you are a student please ask your tutor to email the secretary  to confirm your status.

I don't see my tutor in person very often can they email you to confirm my student status? Yes, if you are a student please ask your tutor or supervisor to confirm your student status by emailing the secretary on

Who is entitled to Student membership? Student membership is available to students registered at all Universities and other institutions of higher education.

Who can avail of Life membership? Life membership is available to those who are 65 or over and who have been members of the Society for at least five years.

What are the benefits of Corporate membership? Corporate Membership is open to companies wishing to support the Society. The company name is listed in the JHS and companies are invited to nominate up to five members of their staff who will be able to use the Library.



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