Libraries in London

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Libraries in London

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  • Ricky L
    Hong Kong, China16 contributions
    It’s a low key building hiding behind the St Pancreas Station and you don’t really see banners outside asking visitors to go inside. Actually is open door to everyone. The Library has two part, a large open part with open and indoor space for everyone, good Wifi connection, ample Reading chairs and desks plus a numbers of cafes. The books collection are the inside part which you need to apply for a readers card which is not that complicated.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • sheepygold
    london5,126 contributions
    I have been here for exhibitions before but years ago. The exhibition this time was about Shackleton's I'll fated expedition to the Antarctic. The story is amazing and the photos are outstanding and beautiful. I can recommend this exhibition to anyone.
    Written 17 February 2022
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  • Amanda O
    2 contributions
    I first learned of this library and exhibitions when starting a new job and seeing posters in a nearby train station. Lock down being on-and-off and my work hours having to be quite fluid, it has taken me around a year to actually make the short walk here. I managed to secure a slot in the middle of the day for the 'Death Marches - Evidence and Memory' exhibition. I am so glad I managed to work my day around this event. The exhibition was small but still informative. Funds are still neded to help with ongoing research into srories that should never have been (or ever should be) forgotten. There is still a lot we don't know about these people, their lives and/or deaths, but the work continues. A wonderful gem of a place overlooking Russell Square. Working over at the nearby hospital, I am conscious of the precautions in place with respect to invection control, and the staff here cannot be faulted! Displays and the visiting public very well set out, no real possibility of tripping over each other here. I will certainly be back - maybe for longer once Corronavirus restrictions are no longer deemed nescessary.
    Written 22 May 2021
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  • Kirsten
    Toronto, Canada48 contributions
    The London Library is a must-visit for literature enthusiasts. The bad news is that it's a private lending library, and you can't just walk in off the street. The good news is that they offer free tours one evening per month, and you can book free tickets through Eventbrite. These tours are an amazing opportunity to learn about the history and architecture of the building from an experienced guide, and see some of the treasures from the collection up close.
    Written 25 June 2019
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  • Zoe B
    Worthing, UK1,381 contributions
    A wonderful opportunity to see inside this stunning building, the staff on hand were very helpful in explaining some of the history of the building.
    The outside of the building has a lot of decorative stonework but nothing can prepare you for the inside! A contrast to the modern Lloyds building that it is paired with, the history here is immense and the opportunity to see some of the old documents was fascinating. Well worth a visit when it is open to the public.
    Written 18 September 2019
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  • Roland D
    London, UK1,225 contributions
    This is the former public records office, dating from 1856, and now the library of the esteemed educational institution King's College London. It was open to the public during Open House Weekend, when I found out that King's is one of the top 10 universities in the World. The library is certainly impressive, holding over 750,000 publications, including various special collections which can be accessed by appointment. The building is also quite amazing, occupying an historic site. The round reading room and the Weston Room were the most impressive, the latter being where they have special displays (one currently on American poetry).
    Written 22 September 2019
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  • John B
    St Helens, UK127 contributions
    I had read about the Institute and thought it was a centre for German culture. While it does host German movie showings it is primarily a language school and not ( as I had assumed ) a German tourist information agency..
    Written 19 July 2019
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  • Steve B
    4 contributions
    Dropped in to see Smith's map and go into the Library to get a buzz from the literature. The map was protected from sunlight and the curtains were parted for me.Helpful staf.
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK160,518 contributions
    As others have mentioned, this library has a vast collection of books and written material specifically about London. It's more of a reference library than a general library, so useful for anyone doing research on London. Not so much for the general public though.
    Written 16 March 2019
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  • Liz D
    Trefriw39 contributions
    Another place I had always wanted to go but never did. Finally remedied that and spent a good few hours there. Learned so much! Passionate volunteers run it and it's full of info on working class rights and socialist movers and shakers. The tour is only a couple times a week so check before you go. The tour is £5 each.
    Written 14 April 2019
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  • jeffgo2017
    London, UK5 contributions
    This beautiful library is coming back to life now that librarians are back in charge, though at present they can't cover the 1-2pm lunchtime. Plenty of books for all ages + DVDs, newspapers, new computers & WiFi. Children should have separate room as in the past; it's shocking several rooms are left empty. Weekly Chess club, monthly gardening & tea stall and lively book group are added attractions. The Friends organise free author talks first Tuesday evening, most recently Stella Duffy (Jan 2020). Walking into the lovely interior of this Edwardian jewel, you immediately feel you belong, you're at home, welcome, safe and free to discover & enjoy.
    Written 18 January 2020
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  • Velanni
    London, UK17 contributions
    Nice small library in Wimbledon. Very quiet and hardly ever crowded, perfect place to come and read in peace.
    Written 15 November 2021
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  • GOMS2013
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK773 contributions
    Visited this building for an event - maybe some confusion between Lindley Library and Lindley Hall. I think the Library is down stairs and the great hall above it. We visited the hall for an event earlier this week. It really suited the occasion and the hall was very well presented with plenty of helpful staff.
    Written 21 October 2016
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  • Penny290406
    London, UK25 contributions
    If you are a member of the RCN and live within reach of the library in Cavendish Square, you are in luck! I'm a RN and I've been using the library for the past 15 years for post registration study. The range of books and journals is excellent, and remote access to the databases is invaluable. Actually going to the library to work is something I've always found very conducive to studying with plenty of computers available (there are always too many jobs at home to distract you!). There's also a nice cafe on the ground floor and a little museum in the library. If I have one negative comment it is that not everyone (staff or visitors) always respects a quiet environment! Anyway, once you've had enough studying, John Lewis is just over the road for a bit of retail therapy!
    Written 3 February 2020
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  • wingate
    London, UK2,400 contributions
    Came here today for Open House.It is a Grade 11 listed building.The hall dates from 1925/6,and the 100 chairs are all original.Worth visiting.
    Written 21 September 2019
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