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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.

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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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The Collection

The London Library holds a remarkable collection of over one million books and periodicals and around 8000 new volumes are added annually. It includes some astonishing rarities and a uniquely eclectic mix of titles

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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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MARY SHELLEY AND THE BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN

A special evening in celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary with Miranda Seymour - author of the definitive Mary Shelley biography. Thursday 25 January 2018. ALL TICKETS NOW BOOKED

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“THERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING LIKE IT”

David Lodge

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