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London Open House 16th September 2017

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.


Lit stacks webFree Evening Tours of The London Library

Discover one of the world's largest independent lending libraries, steeped in 175 years of history and housing a fascinating and varied collection.

The London Library hosts regular free guided Tours on weekday evenings offering visitors the opportunity to see this unique historic literary oasis at first hand. Tours start at 6.00pm, lasting for about an hour. We can accommodate up to 18 people per tour and because numbers are limited, reservation is essential. Bookings can be made through our on-line booking service by clicking on the dates shown for individual tours below. If tours are fully booked, it is possible to put yourself on a waiting list in the event that a place becomes available. 

The tour encompasses 45 minutes of walking involving many flights of stairs, and due to the nature of the building we are unable to offer lift access to all areas. The tour therefore may not be suitable if you have mobility problems - please inform us when you book and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Current 2017 Tour Dates:

17 July

31 July

14 August

11 September 

25 September

9 October

23 October

Our Evening Tours are aimed at non-members and we are unable to offer general tours at any other time. If you are a member and wish for any specific guidance in using the Library, please ask our staff at Reception, who will be happy to assist.



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Lynne Truss


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