Filming At The London Library

The London Library provides a uniquely atmospheric setting for filming and photoshoots, and has been used as a location in a wide range of print, broadcast and commercial photography work.

Recent examples include episodes of The ApprenticeChild GeniusNewsnightBBC ArtsnightWho Do You Think You Are and a number of BBC 4 and Sky Arts documentaries.

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01.05.18.MorrisAW 26 167AndreasJohanssonIn general, we are not able to accommodate filming during the daytime when the Library is being used by members, but with enough notice, we can provide access during the following hours unless there are competing events:

  • 7.30am-9.30am Monday-Friday

  • 5.30pm-9.30pm Wednesdays - Saturdays

(Occasionally we can accommodate daytime filming in the Back Stacks and Central Stacks where this is of short duration (c1 hour) and involves minimal set-up. Likewise, The Sackler Study and Times Room can occasionally be made available at the start and end of the working day for short filming sessions).

The Library closes on Sundays. Sunday filming would only be available through special arrangement and where a significant shoot was involved.

As a charity receiving no public funding we charge a standard weekday location fee which includes our costs for staff overtime to help co-ordinate the filming and provide out of hours access to the building.

Rates are as follows:

  • Weekday mornings (up to 9.30am) - £200 per hour (ex VAT)

  • Wednesday - Saturday evenings (from 5.30pm) - £250 per hour (ex VAT)

  • Sunday – rates subject to negotiation

For enquiries about filming at the Library and to arrange a visit to inspect the fantastic spaces it offers, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our standard location agreement defining the main terms and conditions of filming in the Library can be downloaded here


Below are some of the media releases issued by The London Library in recent years. If you would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Sir Howard Davies appointed London Library Chairman Download PDF pdf(88.55 kB)

  • Sir Tom Stoppard presents The London Library Life in Literature Award 2014, sponsored by Christie's Download PDF pdf(90.50 kB)

  • The London Library Gift Membership 2014 Download PDF pdf(76.23 kB)

  • The London Library nominated in the 2014 RIBA Awards.Download PDF pdf(81.18 kB)

  • The London Library hosts the 2014 Rossica Prize Download PDF pdf(77.35 kB)

  • The London Library’s Märit and Hans Rausing Russian Collections Download PDF pdf(76.92 kB)

  • The London Library Student Prize 2013, Open for Entries - Press Release Sept 2012 Download PDF pdf(77.52 kB)

  • The London Library Student Prize 2013 - Winner Announced - April 2013 Download PDF pdf(186.84 kB)

  • Statement: the death of Mrs Valerie Eliot, London Library Vice-President Download PDF pdf(38.86 kB)

  • The London Library welcomes a new Royal Vice-Patron. Press Release - Oct 2012 Download PDF pdf(25.09 kB)

  • The London Library’s Diamond Jubilee Gift Download PDF pdf(68.51 kB)

  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall presents The London Library Life in Literature Award, sponsored by Heywood Hill Download PDF pdf(67.70 kB)

  • The London Library Student Prize 2012 - Winner announced - March 2012 Download PDF pdf(74.47 kB)

  • The London Library and Heywood Hill announce 'The London Library Life in Literature Award' sponsored by Heywood Hill. Download PDF pdf(135.75 kB)

  • The London Library - End of Phase 2, September 2009 Download PDF pdf(50.86 kB)