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We are delighted to be reopening on Monday 6 July.

As far as possible, everything will be as you remember, but some important changes have been put in place to ensure that members and staff can continue to use the Library safely. 

Importantly, members must book a slot to visit the Library, whether you want to spend the day in the building or collect or return a book. Members will not be permitted inside the building without having a pre-booked slot.

Day passes to work in the Library and access the book stacks are available from 10am on Monday to Friday and 9.30am on Saturday, these are valid from the time you book until the building closes. Normal closing times apply. Please ensure you arrive during the correct booking window.

30 minute book collection and drop off slots are available throughout the day. Please only book a collection slot if you have been notified that your books are ready to collect.

Please visit our reopening page for more information and to book.

We are currently unable to allow non-member access to the building, this includes for tours.

Reopening Opening Hours

Mondays: 10am-9.00pm

Tuesdays: 10am-9.00pm

Wednesdays: 10am-5.30pm

Thursdays: 10am-5.30pm

Fridays: 10am-5.30pm

Saturdays: 9.30am-5.30pm

Sundays: Closed


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.