All Memberships

Access to our unique collection of one million books, journals and periodicals

E-library access at home including JSTOR, Newspapers and academic journals

Borrowing rights of 10 or 15 books at a time with an increased allowance available

Long loan periods

Discounts on our events programme

Members Magazine

Research and reference assistance

Postal loan service

For Individuals

Full Individual Membership

Full access to the Library building during open hours (6 days a week and at least 2 late evenings until 9pm).

More than 150 spaces to read or work including four reading rooms or a choice of individual study spaces.

Voting and AGM attendance helping to shape the Library.

Full Spouse/Partner and Young Person Membership

Spouses/partners of existing members and people aged 16-29 may join the Library at half price. All other benefits are as Individual Membership.


Full Life Membership

Join the Library as a full member for life and help to support this important institution.

Price depends on age at application.


Patron Membership

If you are not already a Library member, an easy way to enjoy the full benefits of both the Library’s membership and patrons’ programmes is to become a Patron Member.

Find out more here or contact the Patrons Team:

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Supported Membership

Members or prospective members unable to meet the full annual fee of London Library membership may be eligible for Supported membership which will normally cover 30% or, in exceptional cases 60% of the annual subscription.

Supported members enjoy all of the benefits of full membership.


Associate Membership

Full borrowing rights plus access to the Library building at the following times:

Mondays and Tuesdays: 5.00pm-9.00pm

Wednesdays: 5.00pm-5.30pm or 5.00pm-9.00pm when events in the Reading Room are compatible with maintaining member access to other parts of the Library.

Thursdays and Fridays: 5.00pm-5.30pm

Saturdays: 9.30am-5.30pm


Remote Membership

Full borrowing rights and access to the Library building only to collect and return books.

Overseas Membership

This is available for visitors from overseas with no permanent address in the United Kingdom.


For Groups

Institutional Membership

Institutions, associations, organisations and commercial bodies may take out institutional membership of the Library on an annual basis.

Schools Membership

Membership of The London Library is an ideal way of supplementing your own school library provision and providing your students with inspiration, additional resources and a competitive advantage, especially for those undertaking individual research based projects or the EPQ.
Set or bespoke packages are available.