The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books and our bookshelves provide an unforgettable voyage of literary discovery.

We have been providing creativity and inspiration for almost 200 years and now is the perfect opportunity to keep your reading habit going and discover those books you’ve always wanted to read.

Whether you’re interested in very rare tomes or the latest novel releases, The London Library’s collection will not disappoint.

You can claim 25% off all types of membership until midnight on Sunday* using code NWD1 at checkout. Find out more about our types of membership at the bottom of this page.

BECOME A MEMBER

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Books and Postal loans

The London Library has over one million books dating from 1700 to the present day which can be read inside our building or taken home to read at leisure.

We will be reopening on  6 July and when our building is open you’ll find our books on 17 miles of open shelves, ready to be browsed. Wander our stacks and discover the books you didn't know you needed!

We also have beautiful reading and writing spaces, as well as desks nestled among our book stacks, perfect for working in central London.

If you're not keen on using the building you can utilise our postal loans service which enables members to request books online and have them posted to you wherever you are.

Online Resources

Our extensive online resources bring together millions of pages from thousands of journals, periodicals, newspapers and databases. They comprise over 25,000 fully searchable information sources.

Literary resources

An extensive collection of literary journals and collections is available if you’re looking to stay in touch with the literary world. London Library membership gives access to titles such as the complete archive of The London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, English Poetry, The Complete Prose of T S Eliot archive, Early English Books Online and many more.

Academic resources

Through JSTOR you can access a huge digital library of academic journals, books, primary sources and periodicals. London Library membership provides free access to most of JSTOR's content, which subscribed to separately normally costs around £200 per annum.

Members also have access to a vast collection of historic research material through hundreds of publications including The Bibliography of British and Irish History, British History Online, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913, the Survey of London and The British Newspaper Archive, plus much more.

Newspaper archives and historic publications

As a London Library member you’ll be able to use the full digital archives of The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, plus the extensive British Newspaper Archive,  the 17th-18th Century Burney Newspapers Collection and more!

Our subscriptions to historic publications - such as the Illustrated London News and the Country Life archive - provide a wealth of information, much of it beautifully illustrated, that is ideal for both work and pleasure.

Art

Our online art resources offer a wealth of material for art researchers and art historians. As well as access to all of the art journals available through JSTOR we also provide use of the International Bibliography of Art, Oxford Art Online and more.

Languages

The London Library’s language collection is extensive. Membership gives access to European language newspapers and publications such as Die Zeit/Literatur book reviews and Gallica: The digital library of the national library of France. We also offer Russian literature, language, history and art publications. 

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Special offer and membership

Caim 25% off all types of membership until midnight on Sunday using code NWD1 at checkout.

Full membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Full membership costs around £33 a month or £375 by annual Direct Debit. Partners of existing members pay half price.

Young Person (16-27) membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Young Person membership costs around £16 a month or £187.50 by annual Direct Debit.

Associate membership

Provides full access to our collection and online resources plus access to our beautiful reading and working spaces during evenings and weekends.

With this special offer Associate membership costs around £22 a month or £243.75 by annual Direct Debit.

Remote Access membership

If you’d like full access to our collection and online resources, including postal loans but don’t need access to the building then this is the membership for you.

With this special offer Remote Access membership costs around £18 a month or £191.25 by annual Direct Debit.

BECOME A MEMBER

Newsletter

Not ready to become a member but want to keep up to date with our special offers, news, events and more? Subscribe to our newsletter to keep in the loop.

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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.

You can opt-out of most communications or the ways in which we process your data by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For full details of how we collect, store, use and protect your data, see our Privacy Policy at www.londonlibrary.co.uk/privacypolicy.


Terms and Conditions

*Valid for new members in their first year of membership. See all T&Cs here.

 

In order to operate the Library safely we have reduced the number of staff in the Issue Hall and will be strictly controlling the number of members in the building.

In order to use the Library or collect books you will need to book a pass in advance, please do not turn up without booking.

There are two types of pass available:

Day pass – allows Library members to come in and browse the collection or work at a desk. Day passes are available from 10am on Monday to Friday and 9.30am on Saturday, these are valid from the time you book until the end the building closes. Normal closing times apply. Please ensure you arrive during the correct booking window.

Click and collect/return pass – if you have books to return or have been notified that your reserved books are ready you will need to book your collection slot. These short slots are available throughout the day. Please only book a collection slot if you have been notified that your books are ready to collect.

Passes will be available up to one week in advance and if you book a slot and are unable to attend, please use the link in your confirmation email to cancel or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that it may be made available to another member.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer temporary tickets to non-members or provide tours for prospective members.

See Online Booking Page

 Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the new guidelines for visiting before you arrive.

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We are delighted to welcome 40 new Emerging Writers to our Programme.

Gaar Adams is an American writer and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Glasgow whose features have been published in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Slate and VICE. He lives in Brixton and is writing a nonfiction book on queerness and migration in the Middle East. Twitter: @gaaradams

Ayad Andrews was born in Baghdad, Iraq and lived there until the early 1970s when, due to the unstable political situation, his family were forced to flee the country. He now lives in West Sussex. He is currently part of the BBC Writersroom Drama Room 2020 cohort. Twitter: @ayadandrews

Krystle Zara Appiah is a Ghanaian writer and screenwriter. She was born and raised in London and studied literature and creative writing at the University of Kent. A former editor, she is currently working on her debut novel. Twitter/Instagram: @krystlezara

Beatrice Armstrong is a scriptwriter who focuses on writing for the stage and radio. She graduated with distinction from the University of East Anglia’s MA Creative Writing programme, where she was awarded The Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Prize. She has had her plays produced in London and in East Anglia. Twitter: @Beatrice_BAA

Helen Bain is a writer and editor from Sussex. She has MA degrees in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature, and is starting a PhD at King’s College London. She has been part of a writers’ group for 10 years, and likes nothing more than talking about fiction. She is researching a book on Sylvia Plath.

Naina Bajekal is a British-Indian journalist living in London. She studied English Literature and French, and worked in Paris for an NGO working on youth empowerment. She started her career reporting on migration from France, Germany and Greece, and is now the Deputy International Editor at TIME Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel. Twitter: @naina_bajekal

Marta Bausells is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as a widely published journalist. Her work has received support and fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Arts Council England, Tin House Summer Workshop, the London Writers Awards and the International Journalists’ Programmes in Berlin. Twitter: @martabausells

Natalie Linh Bolderston's poems are featured in Magma, Oxford Poetry, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. She came third in the 2019 National Poetry Competition and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2020. Her pamphlet, The Protection of Ghosts, is published with V. Press. She is now working on her full-length collection. Twitter: @NatBolderston

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a writer, tutor and critic. She’s a winner of Poetry London's inaugural mentoring scheme and a Jerwood Bursary Recipient. Her work has appeared in Magma, Poetry London, The Poetry School, 3:AM, Wild Court and The Poetry Review (forthcoming). She is shortlisted for The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020. Twitter: @ZCarpenterHall

Flora Carr is working on her first novel. She’s a writer and journalist published in the likes of TIME Magazine and The Observer, and is a previous Vogue Talent Contest winner and The Writing Squad graduate. She was also shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Short Story Prize. Twitter: @floracarr

Sarah Clegg writes non-fiction and is currently living in London. She has a PhD in ancient Mesopotamian history from Cambridge and is currently working on a project tracing a family of demonesses from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day.

Chez Cotton is a writer and civil rights lawyer of English/Burmese descent. She grew up in 1970s London against a Bowie and punk backdrop. Moving from cabaret and comedy writing, she qualified in Law in 2000. She has written short stories and flash fiction and is working on her first novel.

Benjamin Cusden is a poet from South London. A former TV programme editor, he was homeless for over 2 years and now spends time raising awareness of homelessness through his writing and fundraising. His first poetry pamphlet Cut the Black Rabbit will be published October 2020 (Against the Grain Press). Twitter: @BenjaminCusden

Beth Emery studied an MA in Screenwriting at the University of Manchester and then worked as a tour guide across Europe. She is based in Devon and is currently working on a screenplay. Twitter: @bemeryemery

Charlotte Forfieh writes speculative fiction. Born in London, but now living in Folkestone, she graduated from Birkbeck’s MA in Creative Writing in 2018. Her short stories have appeared in The Good Journal, Issue 1 (2018) and The City of Stories (2017). She is writing her first novel. Twitter: @Forfieh

Russell Franklin was born in Solihull, and now lives and works in London. He enjoys working in all genres, and is interested in telling the stories of characters typically overlooked in fiction.

Marina Gerner is an award-winning journalist and critic, published in the TLS, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, The Times’ Raconteur and other places. Immigrating with her family from the Soviet Union as a toddler, she grew up in Germany and the UK, which explains why she has a PhD on cosmopolitanism. Twitter: @MarinaSGerner

Carole Hailey abandoned a lucrative but creatively unfulfilling career as a lawyer to become an impecunious but immensely happy novelist. Since completing an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, she divides her time between London and Pembrokeshire. Twitter: @CaroleAHailey

Lucian Huxley Smith is a writer and teacher from London. He’s recently completed City University’s Novel Studio, has an MA in Writing for Performances from Goldsmith’s College and has previously developed work with The Royal Court. He has keen interests in music, politics, social change and literature. Micro is his first novel.

Daniel Marc Janes is a London-based writer and filmmaker. In 2020 he was shortlisted for The London Magazine Short Story Prize. His short films have screened at PÖFF Shorts, Rhode Island and the London Short Film Festival. He is deputy editor of Review 31 and a staff writer for Netflix’s The CrownTwitter: @culturalamnesia

Aaron Kilercioglu was raised in Vienna to Turkish-Canadian parents. Four years ago he came to the UK to study Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Cambridge. He now works as a writer/director of theatre, film, and everything in between. Twitter: @aa_koglu

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Lanikai Krishnadasan Torrens lives in South London and works in theatre, facilitating programmes with young people and local communities in Lambeth and Southwark. She started taking classes with Write Like A Grrrl in 2018. She is working on a novel. Twitter: @lanikai_kt

Lily Levinson writes for Exeunt Magazine, and received a British Council theatre and dance bloggers’ bursary in 2019. She has been a member of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab and the Royal Court Script Panel, and is working on a play about language, Jewishness, and a murder trial. Twitter: @myboistu

Sarah Marsh has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and her work was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2019. She’s currently working on her first novel, which explores the D/deaf experience and the story of the telephone.

Freya Mavor is an actor/writer living and working between France and the UK. She has worked in film, theatre and television in two languages for over a decade. Alongside an obsession for climbing and writing poetry, she runs a recurring performance night in London and is currently writing a play.

Shakira Moise lives in West London and is a Creative Writing MA student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She writes about women, mythology and the Caribbean and is currently working on short stories which explore Caribbean folklore and a YA novel series exploring black female identity. Twitter: @valinor__

Nancy Netherwood is a playwright from South East London whose first full-length play, Goodnight, Mr Spindrift, debuted at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2019. She has been a writer-in-residence at The North Wall Arts Centre and her short plays have been performed at the Royal Court and Southwark Playhouse. Twitter: @N_Netherwood

Charlotte Newman is a London-based writer. Her short fiction has appeared in The London Magazine, Litro, Reflex Press anthologies and Popshot Magazine among others. She is currently working on a longer piece of fiction, examining myth, memory and magpies. Twitter: @whim_and_her

Yosola Olorunshola is a writer based in London. She studied History and French at Oxford University before completing an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. Her work in the museum sector has inspired the novel she is currently working on, exploring the question: who gets to make history? Twitter: @YosolaYosola

Anna Parker is a PhD student in History at Cambridge, living in London. Her research focuses on Renaissance Prague, and she teaches and lectures more widely on early modern Europe, images and material culture. She combines her studies with freelance research work, script editing and writing on arts and culture. Twitter: @annaparker_

Hannah Partos is a journalist (The Guardian, The Observer, Wired, VICE and others) with a strong interest in organ and tissue donation and environmental issues. She was awarded Journalist of the Year in 2016 and 2018 by the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register and blood cancer charity. Twitter: @hannahhh

Kate Perry is a multi-award winning writer/actor/comedian from Northern Ireland. A recipient of the John Brabourne Film/TV Award 2019 and Best Comedy Show Award, United Theatre Solo Festival, NY, 2017, she has written for Woman’s Hour, BBC R4 and RTE. Her short film Ruthless is currently in post-production. Twitter: @VeryKatePerry

Theresa Pine has a passion for history and the East End of London. She studied Drama at Goldsmiths and worked in a variety of Front of House roles and as a TV extra. She currently lives in Cornwall and loves to travel.

Amy Powell Yeates is originally from South London, grew up in South Wales and studied at the Workshop Theatre in Leeds. She is a writer and theatre producer who has been published in The Observer. Amy is currently writing a feature-length script inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. Twitter: @amypowellyeates

Natalie Rule came to writing via a career as an economist. She has been shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Arvon 5-Day Short Story Challenge. She is working on a collection of short stories and a middle-grade fiction novel. She lives in London with her two children.

Lisa Smith was born in London. She studied at the University of Liverpool and went on to work as a documentary filmmaker. Lisa has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. She won the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize in 2017 and the Pat Kavanagh Prize in 2019.

Ana Soria is studying for an MA in creative writing at Royal Holloway University, London. She has previously been published in The Moth magazine and her work has been shortlisted for TSS Publishing’s winter flash fiction prize. Twitter: @anacarlotalit

Natalie Whittaker is a poet and secondary school teacher from South East London. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Shadow Dogs, was published by ignitionpress in 2018. Her second pamphlet will be published in 2021. Twitter: @natalie_poetry

Matt Wixey is a former specialist police technician, works in cyber security, and began playwriting in 2018. He loves writing science and horror, and stories about technology and the ways in which institutions operate. He lives in London. In addition to writing, he is also a part-time PhD student and collects typewriters. Twitter: @darkartlabab

Nathan Lucky Wood is a playwright and scriptwriter from London. His previous plays include Alcatraz (Vault Festival 2019) and A Haunting (King’s Head 2016, Vault Festival and Belgrade Theatre 2017). He has worked for the past decade in the homeless sector and in healthy relationships education. Twitter: @lucky_wood

The London Library is one of the world’s leading literary institutions. Our collection contains over one million books and our bookshelves provide an unforgettable voyage of literary discovery.

We have been providing creativity and inspiration for almost 200 years and now is the perfect opportunity to keep your reading habit going and discover those books you’ve always wanted to read.

Whether you’re interested in very rare tomes or the latest novel releases, The London Library’s collection will not disappoint.

In celebration of National Writing Day, Wimbledon Bookest subscribers can claim 25% off all types of membership until Sunday* using code WIMBLEDON at checkout. Find out more about our types of membership at the bottom of this page.

BECOME A MEMBER

artforinside

Books and Postal loans

The London Library has over one million books dating from 1700 to the present day, almost all of which can be borrowed.

We will be re-opening on 6 July and when our building is open you’ll find our books on 17 miles of open shelves, ready to be browsed and borrowed or read in our beautiful reading and working spaces. 

We also have a postal loans service which enables members to request books online and have them posted to you wherever you are.

Online Resources

Our extensive online resources bring together millions of pages from thousands of journals, periodicals, newspapers and databases. They comprise over 25,000 fully searchable information sources.

Literary resources

An extensive collection of literary journals and collections is available if you’re looking to stay in touch with the literary world. London Library membership gives access to titles such as the complete archive of The London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, English Poetry, The Complete Prose of T S Eliot archive, Early English Books Online and many more.

Academic resources

Through JSTOR you can access a huge digital library of academic journals, books, primary sources and periodicals. London Library membership provides free access to most of JSTOR's content, which subscribed to separately normally costs around £200 per annum.

Members also have access to a vast collection of historic research material through hundreds of publications including The Bibliography of British and Irish History, British History Online, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913, the Survey of London and The British Newspaper Archive, plus much more.

Newspaper archives and historic publications

As a London Library member you’ll be able to use the full digital archives of The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, plus the extensive British Newspaper Archive,  the 17th-18th Century Burney Newspapers Collection and more!

Our subscriptions to historic publications - such as the Illustrated London News and the Country Life archive - provide a wealth of information, much of it beautifully illustrated, that is ideal for both work and pleasure.

Art

Our online art resources offer a wealth of material for art researchers and art historians. As well as access to all of the art journals available through JSTOR we also provide use of the International Bibliography of Art, Oxford Art Online and more.

Languages

The London Library’s language collection is extensive. Membership gives access to European language newspapers and publications such as Die Zeit/Literatur book reviews and Gallica: The digital library of the national library of France. We also offer Russian literature, language, history and art publications. 

readingforinside

Special offer and membership

In celebration of National Writing Day, Wimbledon Bookest subscribers can claim 25% off all types of membership until Sunday* using code WIMBLEDON at checkout. 

Full membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Full membership costs around £33 a month or £375 by annual Direct Debit. Partners of existing members pay half price.

Young Person (16-27) membership

For full access to our collection and online resources plus unlimited access to our beautiful reading and writing rooms and atmospheric bookstacks. (The Library will be re-opening at the start of July).

With this special offer Young Person membership costs around £16 a month or £187.50 by annual Direct Debit.

Associate membership

Provides full access to our collection and online resources plus access to our beautiful reading and working spaces during evenings and weekends.

With this special offer Associate membership costs around £22 a month or £243.75 by annual Direct Debit.

Remote Access membership

If you’d like full access to our collection and online resources, including postal loans but don’t need access to the building then this is the membership for you.

With this special offer Remote Access membership costs around £18 a month or £191.25 by annual Direct Debit.

BECOME A MEMBER

Newsletter

Not ready to become a member but want to keep up to date with our special offers, news, events and more? Subscribe to our newsletter to keep in the loop.

email:

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.

You can opt-out of most communications or the ways in which we process your data by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For full details of how we collect, store, use and protect your data, see our Privacy Policy at www.londonlibrary.co.uk/privacypolicy.


Terms and Conditions

*Valid for new members in their first year of membership. See all T&Cs here.