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Meeting Mr Mill

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John Stuart Mill is an important figure in the history of The London Library and an intriguing presence in our institutional archive. Helen O’Neil, Head of Reader Services, continues her archival sleuthing. In researching the Library’s archival records I want to do more than simply unearth those writers and thinkers who have been members of…

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Crabs, angels and conflict – new year, new books!

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As we all get into the swing of the new year, our Acquisitions Assistant has been hard at work ordering new titles to fascinate and inspire members in 2013.  In the latest installment of her regular blog, Rhiannon tells us about the fascinating titles crossing her desk. I hope this won’t be an indication of…

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The death of Mrs Valerie Eliot, London Library Vice-President

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The President, trustees, members and staff of The London Library heard with great sadness of the death of Mrs Valerie Eliot last Friday, 9 November 2012. Mrs Eliot had been a Vice-President of the Library since 2009, and through Old Possum’s Practical Trust was one of the Library’s most generous benefactors, providing funds for the…

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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The London Library has long been associated with the literary life of the nation, and it is to our past members – authors, poets and philosophers – that we look for romantic inspiration, words of wisdom and stories of love, both passionate and unrequited. An 1842 edition of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Poems (originally published in…

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New Year, New Books!

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Rhiannon, our busy Acquisitions Assistant, kicks off 2012 with an update on all the lovely new books crossing her desk on their way to the stacks. Now that the Christmas and New Year break are firmly behind us, here in Acquisitions we have pretty much caught up with all of our book ordering. This means…

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'Comparative Eskimo Dictionary' and other new books!

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Acquisitions calling! Welcome to my second blog entry, which lists some of the more interesting and unusual titles that have been purchased by the Library in the last few weeks. I have recently placed on order a large selection of books from the Oxford University Press, October-December 2011, New Titles catalogue. These have all been…

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Alice in Library Wonderland

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Having heard from Carley, one of last year’s Graduate Trainees, about her experience and where it has led her, we are proud to introduce this year’s intake of new Graduate Trainees. We’ll be following them on the blog and charting their progress from bewildered London Library novices to all-knowing LL experts over the coming months….

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Welcome to The London Library Blog

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We are delighted to welcome you to our new blog, where very soon you will be able to read more about the Library, our news, insights and behind-the-scenes features and posts by special guest bloggers… Our first entry will be posted very soon – look out for updates via Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile, please do have a…

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