The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.

  • The Reading Room
  • The Art Room - part of the RIBA award winning 2010 refurbishment
  • The Backstacks - part of the 1898 building
  • The Library's front entrance on St James's Square

The London Library

James Osborne Smith

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14 St James's Square, SW1Y 4LG
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The world's largest independent lending library with over 175 years of history, 1m books & 17 miles of shelves. Atmospheric Victorian bookstacks, elegant Reading Rooms & contemporary RIBA award winning space provide a unique literary haven.

Design

Original design
James Osborne Smith, 1898
Refurbishment
Haworth Tompkins, 2010
Type
Library
Period
Historical/contemporary