• The Central stacks - literature in 25 languages from 1700
  • The Reading Room overlooking St James's Square
  • The Library's front entrance on St James's Square
  • The Art Room - part of the RIBA award winning 2010 refurbishment

The London Library

James Osborne Smith

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14 St James's Square, SW1Y 4LG
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Partial disabled access, Toilets
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.

Access

Saturday 22nd

group
  • Regular tours every 60 mins (10am-4pm) max 18 per tour

Pre-booking is required for this building

Design

Original design
James Osborne Smith, 1896
Refurbishment
Haworth Tompkins, 2010
Type
Library
Period
Historical/contemporary