About Us

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.



Inez Lynn BA MLitt MCLIP

Graduated University of Liverpool 1981 with a 1st in Classics. Postgraduate research in medieval Latin at the University of Toronto, then at Pembroke College Oxford, completing MLitt with a critical edition of medieval Latin poems from a 12th century manuscript in Oxford (publication currently in preparation). Trained as a Librarian at the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Post-graduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies, University College London 1987. Chartered Librarian 1992. Joined The London Library in 1988 starting as a cataloguer specialising in Italian books. Became Head of Cataloguing in 1989, subsequently responsible for computerizing the Library’s cataloguing and book circulation procedures before becoming Deputy Librarian in 1994. Appointed Librarian of the London Library (10th since founding; 1st woman) in January 2002 following the retirement of Alan Bell. Trustee: London Library Trust (2002-); Mrs R M Chambers’ Settlement Trust (2002-); The Staff Superannuation Fund of The London Library (2002-).

Tel: 020 7766 4712

Deputy Librarian

Mary Gillies BA (Hons) MA PgDip 

Graduated from Roehampton Institute of Higher Education (now University of Roehampton) with BA (Hons) in Sociology and Women's Studies in 1996 and from the University of Westminster with an MA in Women's Studies in 2000. Worked as a library assistant for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Library Service whilst pursuing further study and gained a PgDip in Information Science from City University in 2003. Continued with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for nearly 10 years, first as a Customer Service Librarian; then Stock Librarian and eventually Senior Librarian: Adult Learning and Social Inclusion. As Senior Librarian: Adult Learning and Social Inclusion worked with NHS Kensington and Chelsea to develop the innovative Bibliotherapy Service. Joined The London Library as Reader Services Manager in October 2012.

Tel: 020 7766 4715

Finance Director

Peter Hyde MSci ACA DChA

Peter graduated in 2001 from the University of Birmingham with an MSci (Hons) in Physics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Sayer Vincent, a firm specialising in the not-for-profit sector, where he also received the ICAEW’s Diploma in Charity Accounting. He subsequently spent two and a half years auditing EU funded humanitarian aid projects with the accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn. He continued his career working in various finance roles for a number of organisations including CLIC Sargent, Malaria Consortium and most recently EveryChild where he was Head of Finance. He joined The London Library in January 2017.

Tel: 020 7766 4713


Development Director

Philip Spedding BCom

Having gained a business degree at the University of British Columbia, Philip has spent most of his working life in the arts.  Having fundraised for the arts over a number of years, he joined Arts & Business and, over the subsequent 16 years, encouraged both businesses and arts organizations to recognize how they can work together for their mutual benefit.  Businesses seeking his advice have ranged from American Express in New York and Samsung in Seoul to Deutsche Bank in London and Lexus in Vienna. He eventually became the Director of Arts & Business. He has sat on the UK Treasury’s Charity Tax Forum and has advised governments both in the UK and abroad on the development of private sector support of the arts, speaking on the subject in many countries including Albania, Canada, China, Russia, South Korea, Viet Nam and across both Europe and the UK.  He also sits on the Management team of the Charity Tax Group, is the Vice Treasurer of the Lambeth Horticultural Society and is a trustee of Action for Children’s Art. He joined The London Library as their Development Director in May 2014.  

Tel: 020 7766 4716

Head of Marketing

Emma Marlow BA

Emma graduated in English Literature & Classics from Liverpool University in 1989. She has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years in a variety of marketing and PR roles, mainly in the visual and performing arts. After graduating, she worked in a marketing role for a heritage visitor attraction before moving on to do marketing and press for a large-scale touring theatre. In 1998, she joined the National Portrait Gallery in a senior marketing post and oversaw a major re-branding of the gallery as well as the launch campaign for the opening of the Ondaatje wing. From 2002 – 2008, she was Senior Marketing Manager at the Barbican Centre, with particular responsibility for marketing Barbican Art Gallery and Curve Gallery and the art, photography and architecture exhibition programme, as well as the Centre’s art-house and first run cinema seasons. After working as a freelance consultant for a range of arts and leisure clients including The London Library, she joined the staff of The London Library in 2009 as Head of Marketing. Emma has been a guest speaker at the Arts Marketing Association and the Museums Association annual conferences and an AMA Mentor coaching young arts marketers. She has also served as a trustee for a charity and community-run Library in London.

Tel: 020 7766 4765

Head of Bibliographic Services

Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros BA(Hons) MA MCLIP

Graduated from University College London in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art. Between 1998 and 2000 worked as a graduate trainee at UCL's Library and then as a library clerk at the law firm Lovells. Went back to UCL and completed an MA in Library and Information Studies in 2001. Assistant Librarian at the College of Law of England and Wales from 2001 to 2003. Chartered Librarian in 2003, revalidated in 2010 and in 2013. Cataloguer at the Courtauld Institute of Art 2003-2005. Librarian at the National Maritime Museum 2005-2007. Joined The London Library in March 2007 as Head of Retrospective Cataloguing. Became Head of Bibliographic Services in 2011, following the merger of the Current and Retrospective Cataloguing teams.

Tel: 020 7766 4746

Head of Communications

Julian Lloyd BA, MSc

Julian joined The London Library as Head of Communications in May 2015 and has a wide-ranging background in communications and information publishing. Following an initial career in corporate strategy roles for the media group, United News & Media, Julian become Development Director of their UK exhibitions and information publishing arm. In 2003, he became Media Relations Manager at the National Trust, helping oversee the promotion of a range of property acquisitions, heritage and environmental campaigns and the handling of the Trust’s corporate communications. In 2008, he was appointed Communications Manager at Natural England - the government’s conservation adviser and regulator – managing the communication to public, government and stakeholder audiences of the agency’s high profile environmentalwork. Julian graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in History and has an MBA from the London Business School.

Tel: 020 7766 4704

Head of Development (Fundraising)

Georgina Ralston BA(Hons)

Graduated in 1999 from the University of Brighton with BA (Hons) in Visual Culture.  Georgina has over 15 years of experience in fundraising and communications in the not-for-profit sector. Previous experience includes working at Help the Aged, the Oddfellows Society and overseeing the Lancashire Poppy Appeal for two years. During this time a passion for the arts saw Georgina sit as a Director for the One World Festival in Derbyshire for three years, which precipitated a move in to  arts fundraising with Manchester International Festival in 2011. Building on this experience Georgina has since worked at the Royal Academy of Arts as the Friends Marketing Manager, the Courtauld Institute of Art as the Head of Individual Giving Programmes and English National Opera as the Head of Individual Giving.  Georgina joined The London Library as Head of Development (Fundraising) in February 2016.

Tel: 020 7766 4744

Archive, Heritage and Development Librarian

Helen O'Neill BA (Hons) MSC MRes MCLIP

Graduated in Modern Studies (Literature and Politics) in 1987. Worked as a library assistant for Leeds City Libraries, in both branch and Central libraries, before undertaking a PG Dip in Information Studies (passed with distinction) at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992. Continued with Leeds City Libraries as an Assistant Librarian and thereafter as an Assistant Area Manager for a group of libraries in South Leeds. Appointed to the post of Guidance Information Officer in 1995. MSC in Information Studies attained with merit in 1995. Moved to London to take up the position of Business Information Librarian in Hackney Libraries in 1997. Joined the Corporation of London Libraries in 1998 as an Assistant Librarian at the Barbican Library. Appointed to the post of Acting Systems Librarian during the introduction of the People's Network at Barbican in 2002. Chartered 2003. Appointed to the post of Adult Lending Librarian at Barbican Library (2003-2006). Joined The London Library as Head of Reader Services (2006-2013). Following a full-time MRes at UCL researching the Library’s institutional archive Helen took up the position of Archive, Heritage and Development Librarian in September 2013.

Tel: 020 7766 4751.

Head of Member Services

Amanda Stebbings BA (Hons) MLib MCLIP

Graduated in 1990 from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth with BA (Hons.) in Welsh, having specialised in medieval Welsh prose and the Arthurian tradition in Welsh literature.  Studied librarianship at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated in 1991 with an MSc in Library and Information Science. A chartered librarian since 1992, worked as an Assistant Librarian with Cambridgeshire Libraries until moving to be Area Children’s Librarian in the London Borough of Barnet in 1995. A period as Library Manager followed until being appointed Senior Librarian Adult Library Services in 2009, and subsequently appointed Service Development Team Leader in 2013. Joined The London Library in January 2014.

Tel: 020 7766 4792

Head of Acquisitions

Gill Turner MA MCLIP

Graduated Portsmouth Polytechnic (now University of Portsmouth) 1982 with BA (Hons) in Latin American Studies. A year of that course was spent in Xalapa, Mexico. 10 years spent in general bookselling, managing various branches of a chain in south east England, switched to librarianship in 1994 completing an MA in Library & Information Studies from University College London in 1995 for which a thesis on acquisition methods in public libraries was submitted. Joined The London Library in July 1995 as cataloguer/Spanish acquisitions librarian. Chartered Librarian in 1998. Acquisitions Support Librarian from May 1998 to 2003 and Head of Acquisitions since January 2004.

Tel: 020 7766 4760

Head of Collection Care

Judith Finnamore BA(Hons) MA

Began career working for The Priaulx Library, Guernsey. Studied Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at Cambridge University, graduating in 2005 with first class honours. Returned to Guernsey to work for the Guille-Allès Library as a library assistant and subsequently as subject librarian for the humanities. Worked for City University as an information assistant while undertaking professional studies at University College London; awarded MA with distinction in Library and Information Studies, 2008. Local Studies Librarian at Westminster City Archives, 2009-2014. Joined The London Library in 2014 as Head of Collection Care.

Tel: 020 7766 4755

Building & Facilities Manager

Adam Dickins BSc PGDip

Graduated from University of Derby 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Product Design, Innovation & Eco-design, followed in 2012 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management from Sheffield Hallam University and has gained Certified membership of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Adam has worked within facilities management for a variety of sectors, including Daher Aerospace as their Facilities Development and Management Coordinator between Oct 2006 – Dec 2010 and the British Antarctic Survey as the Cambridge sites Facilities Manager from Jan 2011 – June 2013, which included a short tour to Britain’s Antarctic island bases. In late June 2013 Adam joined The London Library as the Building and Facilities Manager.

Tel: 020 7766 4780

Head of IT

Will David MA MSc DipLib MCLIP

Graduated from Lancaster University in 1985 with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics. Museum guide at the Pump Room and Roman Baths Museum, Bath 1986 to 1988, before embarking on a librarianship career, and graduating with an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1990. Returned to University College London part-time and graduated with a postgraduate MSc in Information Systems in 1998. Following brief periods at Birkbeck College Library, London and Christ Church Library, Oxford Will joined The London Library in 1990 as deputy head of the Loans Department. He became Librarian in charge of Information Technology in 1994.

Tel: 020 7766 4730