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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.

 

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE ARRANGEMENTS

The London Library will be closed for the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 26th August to Monday 28th August inclusive. We'll be opening up for business as usual on Tuesday 29th August.

Members can reserve books online over the Bank Holiday (and Catalyst - our online catalogue - will be working as normal), but anyone wishing to borrow books over the weekend needs to have picked them by close of play on Friday 25th.

We wish all our members and book lovers everywhere a very happy holiday!

 

 

LONDON OPEN HOUSE 2017

SORRY - ALL TOURS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!


The London Library is pleased to be opening its doors again for Open House London on Saturday 16th September. Throughout the day we will be offering guided tours through the main areas of the Library giving visitors a chance to see its unique architecture and learn more about its amazing history and collleciton.

Tours will be taking place every hour, the first starts at 10am and the last starts at 4pm.  

Pre-booking is essential (each tour can accommodate up to 20 people), with booking available via our booking site.

 

 

Philip Marshall

The London Library announced today (6th July 2017) that Philip Marshall has been appointed as the Library’s new Director and will take up the post in mid-September following the retirement that month of current Librarian and Chief Executive, Inez Lynn.

Philip has held senior commercial and business development roles in a number of high profile UK cultural organisations, including the British Museum, Sadler’s Wells and the Royal Albert Hall. His experience in revenue and membership development fits directly with a key area of strategic focus for The London Library as it looks to strengthen its position as the world’s largest independent lending library while enhancing its collection and the services it provides to its members.

Philip’s appointment follows the announcement last year by Inez Lynn that she would be retiring in September 2017 following a 30-year career at the Library. As Librarian and Chief Executive since 2002, Inez has overseen the introduction of extensive online services, the development of the Library’s unique collection of over 1 million books, and the award-winning transformation of many of its working spaces.

Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of The London Library commented, “We are delighted at the appointment of Philip Marshall who will help ensure that the Library enhances its position as one of the country’s great cultural institutions and centres for learning.

We are indebted to Inez Lynn whose leadership and expertise has transformed the Library’s operations while offering an unparalleled and much-loved library service.”

 

 

London Library 13The London Library Summer Party, held on 22nd June, was a fitting occasion to celebrate Tom Stoppard's 15 years as President of the Library. Guests joined forces in the Reading Room to hear Vanessa Redgrave, Sheila Hancock, Jeremy Irons, Natascha McElhone and Joely Richardson deliver a range of readings, including works byTS Eliot, Stephen Spender and AG Madonell among others*.

London Library 119The Library's Chairman, Howard Davies, and former Chairman Bill Emmott were on hand to thank Tom for the outstanding and tireless contribution he has made over the last 15 years to support and develop the Library.

Tom, who has been a Library member since 1970, will retire as President on his 80th birthday on 3rd July 2017 and will then take up the role as one of the Library's Vice-Presidents.

Tom Stoppard BookA unique book entitled "For Tom, With Thanks" has been produced as a token of the Library's appreciation. Consisting of works suggested by, and in many cases, written by, members, friends and staff of the Library, it is a Library book specially made for a much-admired supporter.

  


The Readings

London Library 70Jeremy Irons

From "East Coker", by TS Eliot

From "Little Gidding" by TS Eliot

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Natascha McElhone

From "England, oh England" by AG Madonell

From the "Diary of Nina Kosterina"

London Library 82Vanessa Redgrave

"TheTruly Great" by Stephen Spender

 

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Sheila Hancock

From "A Ragged Schooling; Growing up in a Classic Slum", by Robert Roberts

 

London Library 96Joely Richardson

From "Long Distance Runner" by Tony Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

"AN INDISPENSABLE INSTITUTION FOR WRITERS AND RESEARCHERS"

A C Grayling

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