The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books and our bookshelves provide an unforgettable voyage of literary discovery.

We have been providing creativity and inspiration for almost 200 years and now is the perfect opportunity to keep your reading habit going and discover those books you’ve always wanted to read.

Whether you’re interested in very rare tomes or the latest novel releases, The London Library’s collection will not disappoint.

You can claim 25% off all types of membership until midnight on Sunday* using code NWD1 at checkout. Find out more about our types of membership at the bottom of this page.

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Books and Postal loans

The London Library has over one million books dating from 1700 to the present day which can be read inside our building or taken home to read at leisure.

We will be reopening on  6 July and when our building is open you’ll find our books on 17 miles of open shelves, ready to be browsed. Wander our stacks and discover the books you didn't know you needed!

We also have beautiful reading and writing spaces, as well as desks nestled among our book stacks, perfect for working in central London.

If you're not keen on using the building you can utilise our postal loans service which enables members to request books online and have them posted to you wherever you are.

Online Resources

Our extensive online resources bring together millions of pages from thousands of journals, periodicals, newspapers and databases. They comprise over 25,000 fully searchable information sources.

Literary resources

An extensive collection of literary journals and collections is available if you’re looking to stay in touch with the literary world. London Library membership gives access to titles such as the complete archive of The London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, English Poetry, The Complete Prose of T S Eliot archive, Early English Books Online and many more.

Academic resources

Through JSTOR you can access a huge digital library of academic journals, books, primary sources and periodicals. London Library membership provides free access to most of JSTOR's content, which subscribed to separately normally costs around £200 per annum.

Members also have access to a vast collection of historic research material through hundreds of publications including The Bibliography of British and Irish History, British History Online, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913, the Survey of London and The British Newspaper Archive, plus much more.

Newspaper archives and historic publications

As a London Library member you’ll be able to use the full digital archives of The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, plus the extensive British Newspaper Archive,  the 17th-18th Century Burney Newspapers Collection and more!

Our subscriptions to historic publications - such as the Illustrated London News and the Country Life archive - provide a wealth of information, much of it beautifully illustrated, that is ideal for both work and pleasure.

Art

Our online art resources offer a wealth of material for art researchers and art historians. As well as access to all of the art journals available through JSTOR we also provide use of the International Bibliography of Art, Oxford Art Online and more.

Languages

The London Library’s language collection is extensive. Membership gives access to European language newspapers and publications such as Die Zeit/Literatur book reviews and Gallica: The digital library of the national library of France. We also offer Russian literature, language, history and art publications. 

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Special offer and membership

Caim 25% off all types of membership until midnight on Sunday using code NWD1 at checkout.

Full membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Full membership costs around £33 a month or £375 by annual Direct Debit. Partners of existing members pay half price.

Young Person (16-27) membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Young Person membership costs around £16 a month or £187.50 by annual Direct Debit.

Associate membership

Provides full access to our collection and online resources plus access to our beautiful reading and working spaces during evenings and weekends.

With this special offer Associate membership costs around £22 a month or £243.75 by annual Direct Debit.

Remote Access membership

If you’d like full access to our collection and online resources, including postal loans but don’t need access to the building then this is the membership for you.

With this special offer Remote Access membership costs around £18 a month or £191.25 by annual Direct Debit.

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Not ready to become a member but want to keep up to date with our special offers, news, events and more? Subscribe to our newsletter to keep in the loop.

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Terms and Conditions

*Valid for new members in their first year of membership. See all T&Cs here.