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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.


Daisy goodwin2After its memorable run on ITV earlier this year, Victoria – the acclaimed new series about the life of the young Queen Victoria – premieres on PBS on January 15th 2017.

The series - and the book that accompanies it - has been written and produced by London Library member Daisy Goodwin and much of it researched in the Library.

We are delighted that on 17th January 2017 Daisy will be hosting an event in New York for members of the International Friends and Founders' Circle groups of The London Library to talk about the series she has created and the role the Library played in its development.

Spaces are very limited but if you would like more information on this fascinating event then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


George Gilbert Scott SrIn the third instalment of her blog series on The London Library and The Victorians, Helen O’Neill, our Archive, Heritage & Development Librarian, takes a look at the links between The London Library and a distinguished architectural dynasty founded by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the leading proponent of the Gothic Revival. 

Gilbert Scott Sr joined the Library in December 1873. He was at the peak of his career - his astonishing Midland Hotel at St Pancras had been formally opened in May that year and he had been recently knighted following the 1872 opening of another of his most celebrated designs - the Albert Memorial. His Library membership was seconded by his architectural son who joined the Library a year before his father.

albert memorialSt Pancras



The Reading Room underwent a miraculous transformation on 1st December from hallowed centre of learning to spectacular party venue as guests joined host Sir Tom Stoppard for this year’s London Library Christmas Party, run in partnership with Harrods, the world’s most famous department store.

2016 marks our 175th anniversary and as part of the celebration, guests were treated to readings from Edward Fox, Anna Chancellor, Bill Paterson and Joely Richardson in the Library’s beautiful Reading Room. 

Harrods made sure the party ran in style, providing their luxurious, festive food and drink throughout the evening, and setting the scene with the celebrated Harrods vintage van parked outside in St. James’s Square! 


Pushkin Montage 3In time for Christmas, The London Library has joined forces with Pushkin Press to co-produce a second batch of beautifully designed books containing fascinating and quirky material from the Library’s amazing collection.

The books in this second Found on the Shelves series have not been in print for decades and have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the unexpected treasures that can be found on our shelves.

Covering topics including the art of drinking in the 19th century, the thrill of the first hot air balloon flight, how to master Victorian social etiquette, intrepid Victorian hikes, and boxing tutorials from George Bernard Shaw’s personal instructor, the collection is an esoteric adventure back in time.

The books are edited by The London Library’s Librarian Inez Lynn and Head of Bibliographic Services Dunia Garcìa-Ontiveros as well as by Pushkin Press’s Julia Nicholson. Jacket designs have been produced by acclaimed designer David Pearson.

The six new ‘Found on the Shelves’ titles are:

They join the popular first series which consisted of 6 equally varied and entertaining titles:

Pushkin group 2Together this fascinating, entertaining and humorous collection makes an ideal Christmas gift for any book lover with an appetite for the quirky and unexpected. 

Each book is between 64 and 128 pages long and priced at just £4.99 (ex postage).The full batch of 6 titles in each series costs £27.50 and the complete set of all 12 Found on the Shelves books costs £50. 



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