School's 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.

A number of schools are already in membership, benefitting from our collection of over one million books, free access to online services, a postal loans service and a wide range of electronic resources to support class-based learning.

The basic schools’ membership costs £1,050, this includes:

  • Three representatives: One named representative and 2 nominees use of the Library, in person and online. These names can be changed as often as you like to allow teachers and pupils access to the benefits of membership.
  • Generous loan entitlement: 25 volumes at a time for schools and colleges, regardless of location.
  • Expert assistance: From sessions on study skills to research and reference enquiries your staff and students will have access to expert assistance.

The membership package can also be expanded in a number of ways.

  • 3 or more additional staff memberships at £375 each (£150 discount)*
  • 3 of more additional student memberships at £200 each (£62.50 discount)*
  • Extended book allowance at £135 for 5 volumes
  • Individual staff membership at £425 (£100 discount)
  • Individual student membership at £230 (£32.50 discount)

*Named individuals but under the school package, names can be changed annually.

Why join The London Library?

Founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841, The London Library has played a central role in the intellectual life of the nation for over 175 years. Today it houss a remarkable collection of books, periodicals and reference material from the 16th to 21st century, alongside extensive online resources, providing a wonderful literary oasis in the heart of London.

Some benefits of membership include:

  • ​​​​​​​Ability to browse and borrow from a unique collection of over 1 million books, spanning 17 miles of shelving
  • 2000 subjects in over 50 languages
  • Plenty of space for reading, writing and study
  • Extensive range of online publications and resources accessible anywhere (including JSTOR)
  • Invitations to events throughout the year​​​​​​​
  • Members rooms for eating, socialising and working


Download the Schools' Membership Leaflet

Download the Schools' Membership application form