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The London Library, founded in 1841, is the UK's leading literary institution. With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications. Membership is open to everyone.

Emerging Writers

Our Emerging Writers Programme is a unique opportunity which offers new writers one years’ free membership of The London Library, development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance.

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Dracula Show

Creation Theatre’s adaptation of Dracula comes to The London Library this February. See the production in the location where Bram Stoker researched his gothic masterpiece.

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About us

For nearly two hundred years The London Library has played a central role in the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and has enjoyed an association with an impressive range of members and supporters.

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Membership is open to everyone and provides the opportunity to browse and borrow from a collection of extraordinary range and depth. Members have open access to 17 miles of books, and outstanding reading and working spaces.

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What's On

We’ve got a packed programme of events, talks, tours and visits lining up over the coming months. Click below to see our current schedule and get regular updates with our free e-newsletter.

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