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  • 9.30am-9pm on Mondays to Tuesdays

  • 9.30am-5.30pm Wednesdays to Fridays

  • 9.30am-5.30pm Saturdays

Bank Holidays

The Library building is closed on the Saturday and Monday of Bank Holiday weekends. 


Prospective Member Tour Offer

£50 off London Library membership!

The London Library is delighted to offer you a special joining offer of £50 off your first year of membership- use code 50TOUR at checkout.

With access to over a million books and periodicals, a superb online offering and an unforgettable building in beautiful St. James's Square, The London Library is a magical place that has been at the heart of literature for over 175 years.

Founded in 1841 we are the world’s largest independent lending library - a place of creativity and curiosity, where we seek to inspire and support readers, writers and scholars of all kinds. Today, 6,500 members of all ages and backgrounds, including some of the most familiar names in the literary world, find the Library’s resources invaluable. 

Elegant reading rooms and memorable architecture combine with an extraordinary history to make the Library a unique place in which to study, to write and to discover.

Members have access to:

  • An incredible collection of 1 million books, with 6,000 more being added every year, almost all of which are available to browse on open shelves and borrow;
  • A postal loans service anywhere within Europe;
  • Subscriptions to thousands of journals and periodicals and a wide range of digital resources;
  • Expert staff, always on hand to assist with enquiries;
  • Beautiful and practical spaces in which to read and write, including five reading rooms and a large number of individual study areas, open six days a week with late night openings.

View all of the benefits of membership.


With £50 off London Library membership costs:

Individual: £460 by annual Direct Debit or £40.41 per month.

Young person (16-26): £217.50 by annual Direct Debit or £18.12 per month.

Spouse of current member: £217.50 by annual Direct Debit or £18.12 per month.


Use code 50TOUR at checkout.

London Library membership also makes the perfect gift. Buy membership as a gift here.