Members Groups at The London Library

London Library members are welcome to set up groups, these can either meet in or outside the Library and will be publicised here. 

The Philosophy Group

The Philosophy Group had its first meeting in April 2017 and continues to meet on every second Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Meetings usually last for about an hour and a half and are currently held online while the Library is closed.

The Group reads articles from the eLibrary accessed through the Library's website, mostly pieces from JSTOR.

Membership is open to all members of the Library. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. The conversation assumes that those attending have read the paper on which the evening’s discussion is based.

If you would like further information about the Group, please email John Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be happy to answer your questions and give you details of the forthcoming meeting.

The PhD Group

The PhD Group exists to encourage and support London Library members who are undertaking research degrees, or working on books and articles. They meet periodically to share the fruits of their work and to explore the joys and frustrations of researching, writing, presenting conference papers, and preparing findings for publication.

The next meeting is 6.30pm on 3 July.

For further information please contact Clive Norris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Non-Fiction Writers Group

The Non-Fiction Writer Group meet monthly and the group is both a practical resource for London Library non-fiction writers and a sociable one. 

The group discuss ideas and techniques that intrigue them (and that they struggle with!) in their own work - voice, pacing, research methods, structure and so on. In each session they tackle one pre-agreed topic and pore over the different ways other writers have tackled it and how their responses might inform their own projects. Discussions are lively and there are an enriching range of responses; interests of the members range from poetry to 18th-century history via education. For more information and to join the group please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

History Reading Group

This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month and each meeting the group hears 2-3 book recommendations with a short presentation on each book followed by Q&A and discussion. For more information and to join the group please contact London History Group This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History Research Group

The group is for members who use the Library's rich collections for historical reading, research and writing. They hope especially to offer support to historians whose plans are being frustrated by the current closure of archives, for example by pooling information on digital sources. For further information please contact Clive Norris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Please note that all London Library Groups are run on a voluntary basis by members who are handling all aspects of running the group and group communications. The Library is delighted to help to facilitate these groups and we are extremely grateful to those volunteering to lead the groups. We ask members to recognise these efforts and to always consider the usual Library rules and etiquette  when interacting in the virtual world as we would in the Library.