Support Us

The Library is a registered charity and receives no government funding or statutory grants: members' subscriptions together with generous donations and bequests are therefore vital to its survival and development.





legacy is a fitting way to acknowledge the scholarship, the literary refuge and the pleasure that the Library has offered to so many readers and writers over the years.

By including The London Library among the beneficiaries mentioned in your Will, you can play a direct and vital part in helping to ensure our long-term survival and success. Bequests can be directed towards a range of key areas of the Library’s work, such as new acquisitions, preservation and binding of the older book stock, or cataloguing; however, unrestricted gifts — the applications of which are left to the discretion of the Library’s Trustees — are most valuable as they can be used wherever the need is greatest and can often help the Library to take advantage of unexpected opportunities for developing the building and the collections.


In Memoriam donations

A particularly eloquent and enduring way of commemorating the life of a relation, friend or colleague for whom The London Library was a special place is to consider making a gift in their memory.

An In Memoriam gift is a lasting tribute that can play a valuable role in helping to secure our future. The gift may be an individual benefaction or the proceeds from a collection made in someone's memory. You may prefer to request that donations be made to the Library in lieu of funeral flowers, or to make a donation each year to remember someone's birthday. If you would like to find out how to make an In Memoriam donation, then please contact the Development team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel: 020 7766 4795.


How Writers Can Help

The following three methods of supporting the Library are aimed at published authors.

  • Public Lending Right Transfer: In the past, some members have generously made over the income they receive from the Public Lending Right scheme to the Library, both during their lifetime and in perpetuity.
  • Donations of Royalties: Writers may wish to donate all or some of the royalties from a particular work or works to the Library and help to fund the institution's continued evolution. If you have a book which you feel would not have been possible without the support of the Library, a Royalties Donation would be one of the best ways of acknowledging this.
  • Bequest of Copyright: Writers can bequeath to the Library the rights to one or more of their books. This links the book directly to the Library and ensures that the work continues to provide funds for our work for many years.

To find out more how writers can help support the Library please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..