The London Library’s shelves are operationally full. Space needs to be made for future acquisitions, as well as to house the existing collection in better conditions which alleviates the danger of damage to the stock, and improves the browsing experience for members.

The Library is embarking on a programme to reduce holdings of some material, and exploring the options for out-storing some items too. This work is being carried out over 2020 and 2021 in order to create space on our shelves, and with an on-going strategy thereafter to keep shelves at an optimal capacity.

This work is being carried out by the Collections Team, led by Matthew Brooke, Director of Collections and Library Services, with the Heads of the Acquisitions, Collection Care and Member Services teams. The work is overseen by the Collections Committee, chaired by Giles Milton.

Further information about the strategy can be found through the following links:

Collection drop-in sessions: member feedback

Collection strategy implementation

Foreign government publications

Collection management – FAQs

Feedback about the strategy is welcome. Please send comments to Matthew Brooke, Director of Collections and Library Services: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.