The London Library has always been defined both spiritually and financially by its independence and has managed to remain self-financing throughout its history, thanks to the recognition by generous men and women of the important role the Library plays in our nation's literary culture.
The Founders' Circle is a group dedicated to supporting the running of the Library year by year, ensuring that it has the means to continue at the service of all who have need of its intellectual capital.
Named in honour of the first 500 members who set the Library on its feet in 1841, the Founders' Circle come together at a variety of interesting and exclusive events throughout the year.
As a registered charity (no. 312175) donations will be eligible for Gift Aid and tax relief. If you would like to become a member of this very special group you can download and print Founders' Circle joining forms via the links below.
There are three levels of annual membership of the Founders' Circle, named after three of our Founders': Harriet Martineau, William Makepeace Thackeray and Charles Dickens.
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For many years the support of the Library's International Friends has been vital to its continued good-health. Administered from New York under a volunteer board of directors, the International Friends of the London Library is a registered 501(c) 3 charitable corporation.
Donations made to it by U.S. taxpayers are fully deductible under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Gifts may be directed towards particular areas of the Library's work, such as preservation, acquisitions or building renovation, and there are a variety of options for the recognition of benefactors within the Library. View our IRS form 990.
The Library is also able to receive donations through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). TGE is a partnership of leading European foundations and associations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. TGE is operative in most European Union states.
In addition, you may wish to consider joining the long list of readers and writers who have enjoyed membership of this unrivalled literary organization. For around $800 a year you too could then take advantage of the intimate seclusion of this treasure-house in the heart of the West End, and savour the extraordinary privilege of browsing among 15 miles of books.