Enhancing enjoyment and use of the Library

How people use the Library is at the heart of what makes it a special institution. And while there are many reasons to love the Library, there are also small improvements that could enhance how people experience its buildings and collections that are beyond the capabilities of the Library’s operating budget.

The Library Fund is an annual fundraising campaign focused on improving the Library in ways that directly impact its users. Every year, supporters of the Fund make possible one special project to enhance how members and the wider Library community enjoy its buildings or make use of its collections.



Following a hugely successful inaugural campaign the 2019/20 Library Fund closed in April 2020. Explore the infographic below to find out more about the diverse group of donors who combined to raise over £67,000.

The Library is now well placed to begin the refurbishment as soon as the wider situation in the UK allows. Initially the work was expected to happen over the summer of 2020, but this may now not be possible. The Library will do all it can to prepare for the work by consulting with architects and others, and will keep this page updated with any new developments.

Library Fund Infographic

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2018 The St James’s Building Windows Appeal


The 2018 Windows Appeal raised over £100,000 to replace severely damaged windows on one side of the Library’s St James’s Building. The replacement of the windows alongside some decoration work and book moves greatly improved the environment and comfort in this part of the building, and the success of the appeal enabled us to buy new desks, creating 10 wonderful new working spaces for Library users.

The response from Library members to the appeal, and the support donors gave to the work to improve how they use the building, directly inspired the creation of The Library Fund.