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The London Library – Proposed building improvement plans

The London Library
Capital Campaign:
Building Connections

I am delighted to present our proposed building improvement plans for The London Library, ahead of applying for planning permission this summer.

Building on the Library’s achievements over recent years, our plans aim to further increase the opportunity for literary inspiration and connection by improving access to the collection and facilitating the sharing of ideas. They will enrich the membership experience, nurture our creative community, and help safeguard the future of our much-loved institution.

Throughout its 180-year history, the Library has made substantial changes to its premises. From a complete reconstruction in 1896, to the award-winning restoration of our Art Room in 2010, the ethos of the Library has always been maintained, and an awareness of our founding principles remains central to our current approach.

We are continuing to work with architects Haworth Tompkins, who have a longstanding and acclaimed history with the Library and who fully understand the need to minimise disruption to normal Library operations during the delivery of the improvements. We are all committed to maintaining the services and space for quiet contemplation that we know are so deeply appreciated by our members.

A fundraising campaign dedicated to raising the required funds is being led by the Library’s Development Department, overseen by our Chair of Trustees.

I hope you will visit our website to learn more about the project and share your views. You will also receive a booklet in the post in the next few weeks.

Thank you in advance for your feedback and support.

Philip Marshall, Director

The London Library Capital Campaign (

Dr Matthew Hind PhD FRCP Consultant Physician

Dr Matthew Hind PhD FRCP.
Consultant Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine.

Secretary: 07394 478523

Clinic Date: 23 June 2023 Date Typed: 03 July 2023 Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP Tel: 020 7351 8830 NHS No. Hospital Number. 4259439 OWS No. 1196770 Dr

Tim Lyons
90 Sloane Street London SW1X 9PQ

Dear Tim Re: Mr Timothy Robarts.

DOB: 02/05/1952 57 Yeomans Row, London, SW3 2AL.

It was kind of you to ask me to see Tim Robarts, a 71 year old gentleman who has recently had a permanent pacemaker inserted under my colleague,Vias Markides, due to episodes of bradycardia on a background of atrial fibrillation and heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction. You asked me to see him for a respiratory opinion. He is an ex-smoker who smoked enthusiastically until the age of 35 when he quit. He describes exertional breathlessness such that he would struggle to climb up a flight of stairs. His breathlessness on the flat has improved since the pacemaker has been inserted. Prior to this he was limited at about 200 yards on the flat. Sleep has also improved since the pacemaker. He continues to describe episodic snoring and occasional apnoeas. He has never seen a respiratory physician in the past but I note he was admitted under the care of our colleague Inaki Bovil to the Lister Hospital a number of years ago and treated for an exacerbation of COPD. Clinical examination today revealed he is generally well. Resting oxygen saturations were 97%. Heart sounds were normal with a systolic murmur. Chest was clear. I agree with you I think a respiratory assessment would be helpful. I will arrange CT, lung function, and a home sleep study. I look forward to seeing him in due course with these results.

Once again, many thanks for asking me to be involved in his care. Royal Brompton Hospital Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP Harefield Hospital Hill End Road, Harefield UB9 6JH RB&HH Specialist Care Outpatients and Diagnostics 77 Wimpole Street, London W1G 9RU Tel: 020 7351 8830 | Fax: 020 7351 8535 | With best wishes, Yours sincerely Dr Matthew Hind Consultant Physician.