The Library’s 178th AGM took place on Monday, 4 November, and agreed the trustees’ proposal to increase the ordinary annual fee by £5 from £535 (£44.58 per month) to £540 (£45 per month) in 2020. This represents a below-inflation increase of 0.9%. Proportionate increases will be applied for the other annual membership categories. Life Membership will be broadly increased by 1.9% in line with expected inflation. The ordinary annual fee for those paying by annual direct debit will remain at £510.

It was agreed that the maximum age for Young Person Membership will be increased from 26 to 27.

The meeting also approved the election of trustees Howard Davies, Will Harris, Giles Milton and Rick Stroud (who were all eligible for a second, and final, term), the election of Alain Aubry for his first term and the appointment of theatre and film director Josie Rourke as one of the Library’s Vice-Presidents.