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.

Emerging Writers

Our Emerging Writers Programme is a unique opportunity which offers new writers one years’ free membership of The London Library, development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance.

Find out more

Dracula Show

Creation Theatre’s adaptation of Dracula comes to The London Library this February. See the production in the location where Bram Stoker researched his gothic masterpiece.

Find out more

About us

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.

Find out more


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.

Find out more

What's On

We’ve got a packed programme of events, talks, tours and visits lining up over the coming months. Click below to see our current schedule and get regular updates with our free e-newsletter.

Find out more


John O' Farrell


Keep up-to-date with
the latest library news
and events with our
free e-newsletter