Spaces to Hire at The London Library

All of the spaces at the London Library are wheelchair accessible and are suitable for clients with a variety of access needs. You can see further images of our spaces on our venue listing sites: Square Meal, Tag Venues and Westminster Venues Collection.

We have a 360° tour of our main spaces, The Issue Hall, Reading Room and Sackler Study. Please find a description of these spaces below the tour.

The Reading Room

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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 the heart of the London Library. The space can host up to 200 guests for a standing reception, 100 guests for a seated dinner, and 130 for a theatre style presentation or award ceremony.

The Issue Hall 

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Reached through the main entrance of the Library directly from St James’ Square, the Issue Hall offers a grand arrival point and is the perfect welcome for all guests and clients. A working space during the day, this space can be converted into a registration and welcome area for larger standing events in the Reading Room or as a pre-dinner, drinks reception area for up to 100 people. 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.

The Sackler Study

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Opposite to the Reading Room, the Sackler Study is the Library's former committee room, and is perfect for intimate dining or small drinks reception. The room is suitable for 12 dining and 30 reception. Guests can enjoy the faux regency design of the space, complete with original Robert Adam fireplace.

The Lightwell Reading Room 

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Created from a former central lightwell and reaching four storeys high, this exclusive space is perfect for smaller drinks receptions for up to 30 - 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.

The Art Room 


This recently refurbished space featuring the extensive art and architecture collection is a modern and inspiring space for up to 50 guests looking for a reception venue 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.


During your event at the London Library we want to ensure that you and your guests experience the rich cultural heritage of the organisation and learn more about the work that we do. 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 learning and lecture programmes.

By engaging with the collection, your event becomes completely unique and offers an experience not found anywhere else in London. This can be done through small tours through the building - highlighting general areas of interest - or by visiting the two spaces below.

The Bookstacks 


The extensive network of bookstacks that include 17 miles of shelves offer a fascinating insight into the workings of the Library. Housing the library’s collection of History, Science, Literature and Miscellanea, small tours and VIP visits can be arranged. Specific books of personal interest or books that relate to your organisation’s mission, products or services can be highlighted and inspected as the groups cover the seven storeys of iron grille floors.

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The Times Room 

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This calming, secluded area is 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, which can include our most fascinating parts of the collection. These exhibitions can be customised to be relevant to the event, or focus on a subject of your choosing. It is an unique add-on to any event which can make for a truly memorable experience for guests.