Halloween is right around the corner. In recognition of this centuries old celebration, Librarians at The London Library have curated a display Gothic Literature for the Reading Room display cabinet. 

Comprising the likes of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1796) and John Polidori's The Vampyre (1819), all the way up to Library member A.J West's The Spirit Engineer (2021), The London Library possesses virtually all the most significant works of Gothic fiction predating the turn of the 21st century, along with many lesser-know examples and many modern Gothic fiction works, too. 

Explore our Gothic Literature collection

We are pleased to announce that the Foyle Lightwell Reading Room is now open.

After some emergency repair works, the Foyle Lightwell Reading Room is now available to use for all of your study needs. 

Over the coming days, the room will be refilled with books. Members wishing to use the Foyle Lightwell Reading Room can expect minimal disruption. 

The Foyle Lightwell Reading Room is just one of six reading rooms available to members at the Library and contains just a small number of the 150 reader and desk spaces across the building.

Internet issue at Library now resolved 

We are pleased to report that the Library building now has full access to the internet as external network issues have been resolved. You can now enjoy access to Wi-Fi in the Library building as usual. 

Thank you for your patience. 

The 56th issue of The London Library Magazine lands with members this week!

In our Autumn issue, we are delighted to have playwright, translator, film director and long-time Library member Christopher Hampton for our cover feature. Christopher speaks to us about his experiences of translating classics, writing some of his most recognisable adaptations, including Dangerous Liaisons, and discovering the Library’s German collection.

Elsewhere in this issue, author Selina Mills talks to us about her new memoir Life Unseen and her love for the Library. Poet Will Harris talks about his experiences of writing poetry alongside working in palliative care and his fondness for the Science & Miscellaneous collection. Kassia St. Clair recounts her quest to discover the Library’s ‘loneliest books.’ And John O’Farrell, Victoria Hislop, and Royston Vince share their anecdotes of serendipitous discoveries in the stacks.