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Twelfth Cakes, Puritans, Pagans and Mummers; Seasonal Shelfmarks at The London Library

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Beyond the sparkle, glitz and John Lewis adverts that saturate the nation’s sensibilities during the ‘festive’ period, The London Library’s fifteen miles of shelving offer a glimpse into the more forgotten, obscure customs and ideas surrounding the theme of Good Will.  As well as Christmas with Rumpole, Poirot, and Nancy Mitford nestled in the Literature…

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Catching rats and chasing medals

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In celebration of the Olympics our Head of Bibliographic Services, Dunia explores the Library’s Sports section, including the first book ever published on the modern games! The perfect way to celebrate Team GB’s first Gold medal win! Members of the Library who want to browse the sports section need to climb up to the 6th floor of…

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You Won’t Look Back

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Former London Library member Richard Conyngham on seeking refuge from cocker spaniels and finding his own special literary sanctuary at The London Library… The following article was published in the Summer issue of Slightly Foxed:  The Real Reader’s Quarterly - 96 pages of lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest. It’s an eclectic mix, covering…

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Following the flood…

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In this, our latest blog instalment, we highlight the work of our Preservation and Stack Management team and their tremendous efforts to save thousands of books following a flood in the Topography stacks last year… With well over a million books, the sight of an empty shelf in The London Library is a rare thing….

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Merry Christmas!

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A very early London Library blog post explored the Library’s 1890’s stacks (or ‘back stacks’ as they affectionately known!). Home to our Science & Miscellaneous, History and Topography collections, the clanking floors, unusual architecture and magical atmosphere certainly create one of the most intriguing spaces in the Library. The Science & Miscellaneous collection is particularly…

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And so, into the stacks…

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When we show prospective new members around on our Monday evening tours, one part of the Library always elicits gasps of wonder, and sometimes even a little vertigo: the 1890s stacks, part of the section of the building we refer to as the Back Stacks (a PDF map of the Library can be downloaded here). What’s…

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