A Tale of Two Libraries

A few years ago John Spurdle, Chairman of the International Friends of The London Library, and Mark Storey, then the Treasurer of the Library visited the Boston Athenaeum.  Founded in 1807 to be the leading library and cultural organisation in Boston, the Athenaeum is one of the closest organisations in the world to The London…

Celebrating Tom Stoppard

The London Library Summer Party, held on 22nd June, was a fitting occasion to celebrate Tom Stoppard’s 15 years as President of the Library. Guests joined forces in the Reading Room to hear Vanessa Redgrave, Sheila Hancock, Jeremy Irons, Natascha McElhone and Joely Richardson deliver a range of readings, including works by TS Eliot, Stephen Spender…

Researching Victoria

Author, Producer and Screenwriter Daisy Goodwin is a longstanding member of The London Library and in this video she talks about the essential role the Library played in the making of her international hit TV series, “Victoria” starring Jenna Coleman.

The 95 Theses on display

To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation, on 31st October 2017 The London Library displayed a very rare treasure in its Reading Room. It’s an original 1517 copy of one of the three print editions that were produced within weeks of the theses first appearing. Their effect was immediate and lasting,…

The London Library – At the Heart of Literature

In our latest video, 11 great writers and actors – including Simon Schama, Tom Stoppard, Antony Beevor and Philippa Gregory – talk about the romance of books and what they love about The London Library. And as Simon Callow describes, “For those with a lifelong romance of books, The London Library is the High Temple”.…