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Global Accounting Alliance

ICAEW is one of the founding members of the Global Accounting Alliance. This is an agreement between leading professional accountancy bodies in significant capital markets. It was formed in 2005 in response to the emerging challenges of globalisation. The GAA promotes quality professional services, global membership support, information sharing and collaboration on important international issues.

For more information on the work of the GAA visit www.globalaccountingalliance.com

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Members resources and support in the UK

One of the GAA’s key objectives is to help members meet the challenges of combining global and local knowledge. To do this, GAA institutes share specific local member support services with each other. These vary across locations but include:

  • Technical expertise and professional guidance in all the world’s major financial centres
  • Access to CPD and networking events
  • Membership of technical groups
  • Access to library resources and meeting facilities

The alliance also provides a structure in which member bodies can work more closely on issues that have implications for multiple jurisdictions. Together we work with national regulators, governments, stakeholders, and with other international bodies, such as the IFAC.

In this way, ICAEW is able to provide real leadership on key issues that are important to our members.


Members of GAA Institutes can subscribe to any of ICAEW's Faculties. The Faculties provide practical support and technical expertise and give you a chance to join with other professionals who have similar interests, experiences, challenges and goals.


Members of GAA Institutes can subscribe to any of ICAEW's Communities. The Communities offer access to the latest and best information and provide chartered accountants with the tools they need to develop professionally.

Library services for members of the GAA Institutes based in the UK

Members of GAA Institutes based in the UK can use the book loan and document supply services from the ICAEW Library & Information Service. 

To use the Library services, members of GAA Institutes must be based in the UK and provide proof of identity and current membership of their Institute (for example, their membership card).

Visit the ICAEW Library

Members of GAA Institutes are welcome to visit the ICAEW library and make use of the resources on site. Note that due to licensing arrangements some electronic materials have restricted access and will not be available.

Please bring proof of your current membership of a GAA Institute when you visit.


We hold a collection of over 45,000 books. Subjects covered include accountancy, auditing, law, taxation, finance and management. The majority of titles are available for loan. Use our library catalogue at icaew.com/libcat to search our collection.


We have an extensive collection of accounting, business and finance journals from across the world, including the magazines of other international accountancy bodies.

Find details about our holdings of particular GAA titles on our online catalogue.

Borrowing books

Members of GAA Institutes may borrow books on the same basis as ICAEW members. Members agree to look after books, return or renew them on time and pay for any loss or damage. Please note, we can only send books by post to UK addresses.

Borrow up to four books for an initial period of three weeks, renewable up to four times for three weeks each time, unless requested by another user.

Visit the LIS in person, arrange a courier (at your expense) or request books to be posted to you. The cost of returning books to the library is the responsibility of the borrower. If a particular item is not available it can be reserved for you.

Document supply

You may contact the LIS Enquiry Desk to request copies of specific documents – please see our pages on LIS charges and document supply for more information. You can find books and articles by searching the library catalogue at icaew.com/libcat.


ICAEW has many regional offices, which provide support to members and run a large variety of technical/CPD and social networking events.

Members of GAA institutes can attend ICAEW district and regional events and will, under normal circumstances, be able to attend these at ICAEW member rates (plus VAT).

The Business Centre

The Business Centre, located in Chartered Accountants’ Hall, offers members of GAA bodies an impressive, modern space where they can meet, eat, network and work. In addition to a world class Library & Information Service, it offers a full range of business facilities, including free internet and access to selected library resources, WiFi, quiet areas and study spaces, as well as a café and lounge. A perfect place to do business in London, in the heart of the City.

  • General Business Centre enquiries: +44 (0)20 7920 8800
  • Library Information enquiries: +44 (0)20 7920 8620

Function room bookings at Chartered Accountants' Hall

Members of GAA institutes benefit from a 10% discount off any function room hire at Chartered Accountants' Hall.

We also have meeting rooms available in the Business Centre, or more formal meeting rooms, which you can hire at the following rates (maximum 12 guests):

  • £20.00 per person for up to four hours with unlimited tea and coffee (£1.00 is added for VAT on the catering element) 
  • £35.00 per person for a full day hire with unlimited tea and coffee (£2.00 is added for the VAT on the catering element)

To make a booking telephone the booking hotline on +44 (0)20 7920 8613. Terms and conditions apply.

Products and services

GAA Institute members have access to a range of lifestyle and business support products.

Please note there may be some restrictions on eligibility for finance and insurance based products.

If you have any questions regarding Passport for Member Services, please contact the Information Centre on +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email gaa.services@icaew.com

Who else is in the GAA?

The GAA is formed of leading accountancy bodies in major capital markets. These include:

For more information on the work of the GAA visit www.globalaccountingalliance.com

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Global Accounting Alliance or the GAA passport, make sure you have a look at the FAQ page.