The London Library was very saddened to hear of the death on 30th March of Drue Heinz, an internationally renowned Patron of the arts and literature, and a great supporter of the Library.
Mrs Heinz was a dedicated Vice-President and held an honorary post on the Library’s international supporters' group, the International Friends of The London Library (IFLL). A generous benefactor, she enabled the Library to transform extensive areas of the building and its facilities as part of the RIBA-award refurbishment project carried out by architects Haworth Tompkins earlier this decade. The Drue Heinz Literary Fund that she endowed has played an important role in enabling the Library to expand and develop its collection - nearly 10,000 books have been acquired so far through resources provided by the Fund.
Mrs Heinz’s support of the arts and literature internationally and elsewhere in the UK has been extensive.
She endowed the Drue Heinz Chair in American Literature at St John's College, Oxford, and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1983, she founded the Hawthornden Literary Retreat, an international retreat for writers. In 1971 she co-founded Ecco Press and also served as publisher of The Paris Review from 1993 to 2008. Her numerous roles included serving as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and a council member of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford. Mrs Heinz was also an active board member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MacDowell Colony, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the American Academy in Rome and served on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art.
In 1995, she was named an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Howard Davies, Chair of The London Library, commented: "Drue Heinz was an internationally-renowned patron of the arts and literature and a generous supporter of The London Library. She will be greatly missed.”
We regret that a recent building accident in a property near The London Library has significantly reduced access into Mason’s Yard (which provides the only wheelchair and step-free entrance into the Library). There is currently no vehicle access and with pedestrian access also constrained, wheelchair users and others needing step-free access to the Library may need to consider entering Mason’s Yard via Ormond Yard.
Since the building accident involved the partial collapse of the road, repairs are likely to be lengthy and we expect access to remain disrupted for some time; it may be curtailed altogether during different phases of repair work.
Welcome to the new 6th floor!
We are very pleased to announce that the new members' space on the 6th floor is now open and ready for members to use.
Situated at the top of the Central stacks, the new suite offers thirteen desk/study spaces, toilet facilities and will provide an alternative location for small-scale member events, leading to less need to hold these in the existing Members’ Room.
Unlike the rest of the Library the entire 6th Floor Suite is not a strictly silent zone and we’ve created the new spaces as areas where you can work but can also have conversations, including light telephone conversations, where needed. For members needing to carry out long or involved telephone conversations, or communications through platforms such as Skype, there are two separate mobile phone/communication spaces, which will provide more suitable arrangements for heavier communications use than have been available up to now.
We were delighted to find ourselves among the winners at this year's Mayfair Times 'Mayfair & St James's Community Awards', designed to celebrate the area by "recognising the efforts of people and organisations who have made a positive contribution to local life".
The awards ceremony was held at Claridges Hotel on 22nd January 2018 and was hosted by actor and TV host Alexander Armstrong. It followed an awards selection made by a judging panel comprising Dylan Jones, editor-in-chief of GQ magazine; Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason; Lydia Forte, restaurant development manager at Rocco Forte Hotels; Jeremy King, joint owner of the Corbin & King restaurants group; and David Gandy, the internationally famous model.
The London Library was awarded the 'Only in St James's' Award - granted to independent retailers and business in the area engaging with the local community - and received a handsome silverware pitcher designed by Mayfair-based Danish design house, Georg Jensen. Inez Lynn - who retired recently as the Library's Librarian and Chief Executive - also featured during the ceremony as one of the three shortlisted finalists in the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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