Our Collection - Making Space for the Future

As previously reported, The London Library’s shelf capacity is effectively full, with occupancy in many areas running at 92%- 95%. Space is so tight in places that it is becoming difficult to house and manage the existing bookstock, and we are rapidly running out of room to develop the collection with the new acquisitions that are so fundamental to keeping the Library up-to date. Each year we are adding around 6,000 new books and require 180m of shelf space each year to house these.

A detailed Collections Review was carried out in 2017 helping identify how we might prioritise management of stock and relieve shelf space. With the building at capacity we are now considering removing some material that no longer meets members’ needs, is available online, and is not core to our collection strengths. This includes some bibliographic materials which are now freely available online and for which print subscriptions ceased some time ago; Hansard which is available online, and some foreign, incomplete government publications; and duplicate monographs where we hold two or more copies which we can reduce without content being lost. It is anticipated that we will remove some material during December.

The Collections team in the Library are investigating the route through which some of these materials can best be removed. In some cases, there may be opportunities for sale or donation to other libraries/collections/book dealers; in others, where none of these options are viable or the condition of the books is too poor to warrant sale, disposal by recycling may be required.

Staff in the Issue Hall will be able to assist anyone in using electronic alternatives.

None of the decisions about reorganising our collection are being taken lightly but by freeing up shelf space we can continue to develop the Library’s outstanding collection and ensure it is housed and managed appropriately.

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Founded in 1841 The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books dating from 1700 to the present day, almost all of which can be borrowed.

Our collection is particularly strong in the arts and humanities including history, literature, fiction, religion, biography and more. Simply browse our online catalogue and your books will be posted to you anywhere in the world.

Members can also access over 25,000 journals from JSTOR and other databases including the British Newspaper Archive, Early English Books online and more, from home or anywhere you like to read or work.

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Remote Access membership is perfect for anyone that would like full access to the London Library’s outstanding collection but doesn't need to regularly use the building

Founded in 1841 The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books dating from 1700 to the present day, almost all of which can be borrowed.

Our collection is particularly strong in the arts and humanities including history, literature, fiction, religion, biography and more. Simply browse our online catalogue and your books will be posted to you anywhere in the world.

Members can also access over 25,000 journals from JSTOR and other databases including the British Newspaper Archive, Early English Books online and more, from home or anywhere you like to read or work.

If you find yourself in London and in need of a beautiful and atmospheric place to work, or if you’d like to browse our shelves, Remote Access members may purchase day tickets.

Join online and become a London Library member today.

Alternatively, sign up to our newsletter below to be kept up to date with news, offers, events and more.

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If you’d like further information on membership email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, browse our catalogue here.


 

The London Library promises to respect and protect any personal data you share with us. Your information is used to administer your membership, personalise your experience of the Library and communications, and provide you with the goods or services you have requested. If you are over 18 we may, in some instances, analyse your data and obtain further publicly available data to help us make our communications more appropriate and relevant to your interests, and anticipate whether you might want to support us in the future.

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