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Conserving Carlyle’s Book Collection

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Thomas Carlyle was the founder of The London Library and this year, the Library’s Collection Care team have been involved in an exciting conservation project to help restore and protect some of the books from his collection. The books are on display at Carlyle’s House in Cheyne Row, Chelsea which is owned by the National…

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A Binding Commitment

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As the Library looks towards the next phase of its award-winning 21st century building project, our Collection Care team is already working hard to make sure our books are ready for action. The past decade has seen many impressive developments to the Library building, from the refurbishment of iconic spaces such as the Times Room…

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Objects of War

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by Judith Finnamore, Head of Collection Care On the night of 23 February 1944 enemy planes flew over St James’s and dropped a deadly cargo of high-explosive bombs. Four landed between Jermyn Street and Pall Mall, with one hitting the London Library’s north-west wing. The Library lost four floors of its 1930s stacks and the…

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A conversation with Jo Berzins, Collection Care Intern

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Conservation and Restoration student Jo Berzins has just completed a 10 week work placement with The London Library’s Collection Care department. As her time at the Library drew to a close we caught up with her to talk about her experiences. What inspired you to come to the London Library? I’m studying for a BA…

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Five Centuries of Provenance: The Spoils of War at The London Library

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As we reflect on the commemorations of World War I which began 100 years ago this month, The London Library’s Head of Bibliographic Services Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros explores the fascinating, turbulent five-century history of a rare volume in the Library’s collections that has literally been ‘in the wars’. Adapted from an article originally written for History Today. Books often…

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Mapping the changes: Topography on the move

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    Last week the Library saw a flurry of activity in the Back Stacks as our Collection Care team moved more than 36 metres of Topography volumes to a new location at the far side of the store. It is part of series of measures that we will be implementing this year to improve…

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