The capital campaign is a development project of four building phases. We acquired a building in 2004 to secure much-needed additional space for members and our collections; Phases 1 and 2 remodelled and integrated this building with the existing Library site. The first two phases have been completed to great acclaim from staff, members and the international architectural community, with Phase 2 winning two awards for architecture in 2011. The next phase of development work - Phase 3 - will begin shortly.
Partners and sponsors now have the opportunity to help support the Library, enabling it to continue to play a leading role in the literary and intellectual life of the nation and remain true to its founding vision to provide access to the riches of a national library for members to enjoy in their own homes.
Hear the Library's President Sir Tom Stoppard and Librarian Inez Lynn talk about the Library's future plans and Phases 3 & 4.
Produced by Sketch for The London Library
Director: Jeremy Riggall
Internationally acclaimed artist Emma Sergeant donated a portrait of Mrs T. S. Eliot (Valerie) to the Library, which now sits on the central stair and signals the entrance to T. S. Eliot House - a fitting commemoration of her magnificent generosity to the Library.
The portrait was made possible by the generous support of the Underwood Trust.
The masterplan for the building project has been led by distinguished architects Haworth Tompkins. Phases 1 and 2 have already attracted much architectural praise. In April 2011 Phase 2 was awarded an American Institute of Architecture Award for Excellence and a New London Architecture Award in July 2011.
Bespoke fixtures: developed to meet the practical requirements of Library users, The Gravity Workshop's VéVé reading lights grace the desks in the Prevost, Lightwell, Art and Times Rooms. Available in a variety of configurations and finishes, the lights can be purchased online.
Martin Creed: As a unique venture, Haworth Tompkins collaborated with Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed, to develop a conceptual framework for the project, which also resulted in a bold, site-specific commission for the new WCs within T.S. Eliot House.