Spaces to Hire at The London Library

Whether you are interested in hosting an event or looking for a space to film, at The London Library you and your guests will experience the rich cultural heritage of the organisation and a unique location unlike anywhere else in London. Take a 360° tour of our main spaces; the Issue Hall, Reading Room and Sackler Study and see for yourself. You can find further images and descriptions of these spaces below.

All income from hiring the venue is directed back into the conservation of the vast collection, the upkeep of the historic building and developing our outreach programmes.


The Reading Room

Standing reception: 250 guests
Seated dinner: 100 guests
Theatre style: 130 guests

Offering stunning views across St James’s Square, double-height, book-lined walls and elegant ironwork balustrades, the Reading Room is the main space for events and sits at the heart of the Library. Whether you are looking to host a sophisticated dinner, a presentation or a reception, the Reading Room is our most flexible and charismatic space. 

Video tour of the Reading Room


The Issue Hall

Standing reception: 100 guests

This is the perfect space for guests to register their attendance and also serves as a welcome area for a larger standing events in the Reading Room or a pre-dinner drinks reception area. Clients are welcome to use the existing book-issue counters, maintaining the look and feel of the historic space and reducing the amount of set-up needed. 

Video tour of the Issue Hall


The Sackler Study

Standing reception: 30 guests
Seated dinner: 12 guests
Theatre style: 30 guests

Opposite to the Reading Room, the Sackler Study is perfect for intimate dining or small drinks receptions. Guests can enjoy the faux regency design of the space, complete with an original Robert Adam fireplace.


The Art Room

Standing reception: 50 guests 

This recently refurbished space, which houses the Library's extensive art and architecture collection, is a modern and inspiring space for smaller events and works as a fantastic reception space before dinner in the Reading Room. It can also serve as a private area for VIP drinks during a larger event in the main space. 

Video tour of the Art Room


The Book Stacks 

The extensive network of book stacks with 17 miles of shelving offer a fascinating insight into the workings of the Library and are the perfect location for filming and photoshoots. The characterful grilled floors, the backdrop of the books and the atmospheric lighting means this unique space works just as well for documentaries as it does for feature films. 

The book stacks house the Library’s collection of History, Science, Literature and Miscellanea. It is here where we can arrange small tours and VIP visits. Specific books that relate to your guests or your organisation interests can be exhibited as part of your event which makes for a truly memorable and unique experience for guests.

Video tour of the famous stacks


The Library's Entrance (Image 1 and 2) on St James' Square is where your guests will first get a glimpse inside the Library. Behind this stunning, yet modest façade hides a wealth of amazing features, including 17 miles of open access bookshelves and over one million books. There is also a separate entrance to the Library for those who need wheelchair or step-free access.

The Lightwell Reading Room (Image 3) was created from a former central lightwell and reaches four storeys high. This exclusive space is perfect for smaller drinks receptions prior to small dinners in the Reading Room, or as a VIP area away from the main space during larger events. Allowing glimpses into every wing of the library and featuring patinated bronze panelling, guests can relax in one of the most contemporary spaces in the Library. Standing Reception: 30 guests

The Times Room (Image 4, 5 and 6) is a calming, secluded area found in the basement of the Library and features access to copies of over 200 years of the Times newspaper. This fascinating room is the perfect place to host exhibitions or for filming. Standing Reception: 30 guests

The Writers Room (Image 7) is found next to the Reading Room and is a fantastic space for filming or photoshoots. Complete with a mezzanine level, it has high ceilings and an airy, modern feel, whilst still keeping some of the Library's traditional charm.