Following the government’s announcement of much wider restrictions to help tackle the Coronavirus situation, we have put a halt for now on our postal loans service. With our building closed to members and visitors since 17th March we wanted to maintain a skeleton postal loans service for as long as we could to provide some access to the books collection but the latest coronavirus restrictions mean that it is currently not possible for us to continue with this. The temporary suspension of the service comes into force with immediate effect.

While it’s disappointing that we will be unable to post out books - including books that have recently been ordered but not yet delivered - we’ll keep the situation under regular review and hope to resume a books lending service as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

In the meantime our online services are fully available. They comprise an extensive resource in their own right, containing millions of pages from articles in thousands of journals, periodicals, newspapers and databases. Our website provides more information on what’s available and how the e-library can be accessed.

Library staff are working from home and can continue to provide enquiry and research services by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Such help may include:

  • Helping you identify sources and journal articles in the e-Library relevant to your research or interest
  • Guidance on how to use the online resources if you have not used them greatly before and would like assistance on how best to approach your research
  • We’ll also continue to provide regular updates and news about the Library through our enewsletter, website and social media. And we’ll be keeping in touch with ways you can enjoy the work of Library members through online offerings like podcasts and virtual events.

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Coronavirus presents huge challenges for all of us and we are very grateful for your continued support.

    Philip Marshall

    Director, The London Library