Inez Lynn

Inez Lynn BA MLitt MCLIP
Graduated University of Liverpool 1981 with a 1st in Classics. Postgraduate research in medieval Latin at the University of Toronto, then at Pembroke College Oxford, completing MLitt with a critical edition of medieval Latin poems from a 12th century manuscript in Oxford (publication currently in preparation). Trained as a Librarian at the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Post-graduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies, University College London 1987. Chartered Librarian 1992. Joined The London Library in 1988 starting as a cataloguer specialising in Italian books. Became Head of Cataloguing in 1989, subsequently responsible for computerizing the Library’s cataloguing and book circulation procedures before becoming Deputy Librarian in 1994. Appointed Librarian of the London Library (10th since founding; 1st woman) in January 2002 following the retirement of Alan Bell. Trustee: London Library Trust (2002-); Mrs R M Chambers’ Settlement Trust (2002-); The Staff Superannuation Fund of The London Library (2002-).

Tel: 020 7766 4712

Deputy Librarian

Mary Gillies

Mary Gillies BA (Hons) MA PgDip 

Graduated from Roehampton Institute of Higher Education (now University of Roehampton) with BA (Hons) in Sociology and Women's Studies in 1996 and from the University of Westminster with an MA in Women's Studies in 2000. Worked as a library assistant for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Library Service whilst pursuing further study and gained a PgDip in Information Science from City University in 2003. Continued with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for nearly 10 years, first as a Customer Service Librarian; then Stock Librarian and eventually Senior Librarian: Adult Learning and Social Inclusion. As Senior Librarian: Adult Learning and Social Inclusion worked with NHS Kensington and Chelsea to develop the innovative Bibliotherapy Service. Joined the London Library as Reader Services Manager in October 2012.

Tel: 020 7766 4715


Paul Hamlyn

Paul Hamlyn MA
Studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1978 after specialising in the History and Philosophy of Science. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After earlier experience in the commercial and public sectors, served as Management Accountant and subsequently Finance Manager of the Church Army 2001-2007, in addition to being the long-standing honorary treasurer of two small local charities in South East London. A keen writer of poetry and fiction, with poems appearing in Magma and Other Poetry magazines during 2007. 

Tel: 020 7766 4713

Development Director

 Philip Spedding

Philip Spedding BCom

Having gained a business degree at the University of British Columbia, Philip has spent most of his working life in the arts.  Having fundraised for the arts over a number of years, he joined Arts & Business and, over the subsequent 16 years, encouraged both businesses and arts organizations to recognize how they can work together for their mutual benefit.  Businesses seeking his advice have ranged from American Express in New York and Samsung in Seoul to Deutsche Bank in London and Lexus in Vienna. He eventually became the Director of Arts & Business. He has sat on the UK Treasury’s Charity Tax Forum and has advised governments both in the UK and abroad on the development of private sector support of the arts, speaking on the subject in many countries including Albania, Canada, China, Russia, South Korea, Viet Nam and across both Europe and the UK.  He also sits on the Management team of the Charity Tax Group, is the Vice Treasurer of the Lambeth Horticultural Society and is a trustee of Action for Children’s Art. He joined the London Library as their Development Director in May 2014.  

Tel: 020 7766 4716

Head of Marketing

Emma Marlow

Emma Marlow BA

Graduated in English Literature & Classics from Liverpool University in 1989. After working in PR and marketing roles in the tourism and performing arts sector, held senior positions in the visual arts and cultural sector including the National Portrait Gallery (1998 - 2002) and the Barbican (2002 - 2008). After working as a freelance consultant for a range of clients including The London Library, she joined the staff of The London Library in 2009 as Head of Marketing. Emma has been a guest speaker at the Arts Marketing Association and the Museums Association annual conferences and an AMA Mentor coaching young arts marketers.

Tel: 020 7766 4765

Head of Bibliographic Services

Dunia Garcia Ontiveros

Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros BA(Hons) MA MCLIP
Graduated from University College London in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art. Between 1998 and 2000 worked as a graduate trainee at UCL's Library and then as a library clerk at the law firm Lovells. Went back to UCL and completed an MA in Library and Information Studies in 2001. Assistant Librarian at the College of Law of England and Wales from 2001 to 2003. Chartered Librarian in 2003, revalidated in 2010 and in 2013. Cataloguer at the Courtauld Institute of Art 2003-2005. Librarian at the National Maritime Museum 2005-2007. Joined the London Library in March 2007 as Head of Retrospective Cataloguing. Became Head of Bibliographic Services in 2011, following the merger of the Current and Retrospective Cataloguing teams.

Tel: 020 7766 4746

Archive, Heritage and Development Librarian

Helen O'Neill

Helen O'Neill BA (Hons) MSC MRes MCLIP

Graduated in Modern Studies (Literature and Politics) in 1987. Worked as a library assistant for Leeds City Libraries, in both branch and Central libraries, before undertaking a PG Dip in Information Studies (passed with distinction) at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992. Continued with Leeds City Libraries as an Assistant Librarian and thereafter as an Assistant Area Manager for a group of libraries in South Leeds. Appointed to the post of Guidance Information Officer in 1995. MSC in Information Studies attained with merit in 1995. Moved to London to take up the position of Business Information Librarian in Hackney Libraries in 1997. Joined the Corporation of London Libraries in 1998 as an Assistant Librarian at the Barbican Library. Appointed to the post of Acting Systems Librarian during the introduction of the People's Network at Barbican in 2002. Chartered 2003. Appointed to the post of Adult Lending Librarian at Barbican Library (2003-2006). Joined the London Library as Head of Reader Services (2006-2013). Following a full-time MRes at UCL researching the Library’s institutional archive Helen took up the position of Archive, Heritage and Development Librarian in September 2013.

Tel: 020 7766 4751.

Head of Member Services

Amanda Stebbings BA (Hons) MLib MCLIP

Graduated in 1990 from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth with BA (Hons.) in Welsh, having specialised in medieval Welsh prose and the Arthurian tradition in Welsh literature.  Studied librarianship at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and graduated in 1991 with an MSc in Library and Information Science. A chartered librarian since 1992, worked as an Assistant Librarian with Cambridgeshire Libraries until moving to be Area Children’s Librarian in the London Borough of Barnet in 1995. A period as Library Manager followed until being appointed Senior Librarian Adult Library Services in 2009, and subsequently appointed Service Development Team Leader in 2013. Joined The London Library in January 2014.

Tel: 020 7766 4792

Head of Acquisitions

Gill Turner

Gill Turner MA MCLIP
Graduated Portsmouth Polytechnic (now University of Portsmouth) 1982 with BA (Hons) in Latin American Studies. A year of that course was spent in Xalapa, Mexico. 10 years spent in general bookselling, managing various branches of a chain in south east England, switched to librarianship in 1994 completing an MA in Library & Information Studies from University College London in 1995 for which a thesis on acquisition methods in public libraries was submitted. Joined The London Library in July 1995 as cataloguer/Spanish acquisitions librarian. Chartered Librarian in 1998. Acquisitions Support Librarian from May 1998 to 2003 and Head of Acquisitions since January 2004.

Tel: 020 7766 4760

Head of Collection Care

Judith Finnamore BA(Hons) MA
Began career working for The Priaulx Library, Guernsey. Studied Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at Cambridge University, graduating in 2005 with first class honours. Returned to Guernsey to work for the Guille-Allès Library as a library assistant and subsequently as subject librarian for the humanities. Worked for City University as an information assistant while undertaking professional studies at University College London; awarded MA with distinction in Library and Information Studies, 2008. Local Studies Librarian at Westminster City Archives, 2009-2014. Joined The London Library in 2014 as Head of Collection Care.

Tel: 020 7766 4755

Head of IT

Will David

Will David MA MSc DipLib MCLIP
Graduated from Lancaster University in 1985 with a BA(Hons) in History and Politics. Museum guide at the Pump Room and Roman Baths Museum, Bath 1986 to 1988, before embarking on a librarianship career, and graduating with an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1990. Returned to University College London part-time and graduated with a postgraduate M.Sc. in Information Systems in 1998. Brief periods at Birkbeck College Library, London and Christ Church Library, Oxford before joining the London Library in 1990, as deputy head of the Loans Department. Chartered Librarian 1993, before becoming Librarian in charge of Information Technology in 1994.

Tel: 020 7766 4730

Building & Facilities Manager



Adam Dickins BSc PGDip
Graduated from University of Derby 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Product Design, Innovation & Eco-design, followed in 2012 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management from Sheffield Hallam University and has gained Certified membership of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Adam has worked within facilities management for a variety of sectors, including the following organisations; Daher Aerospace as their Facilities Development and Management Coordinator between Oct 2006 – Dec 2010. As well as for the British Antarctic Survey as the Cambridge sites Facilities Manager from Jan 2011 – June 2013, including a short tour to Britain’s Antarctic island bases. In late June 2013 Adam Joined the London Library as the Building and Facilities Manager.




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