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 (

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