Libraries in London

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Libraries in London

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  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, UK1,981 contributions
    I attended a talk on design of the sets for the films Barbie and Anna Karenina led by the two set artists and supplemented by film. It was fascinating and enlightening. Just as amazing was the Pigott Theatre which was the most comfortable theatre I have sat in. Masses of foot space with excellent audio-visuals and supportive chairs. A professional performance with a superb compere.
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    You can find this lovely building in South Kensington, an area which was nicknamed Albertopolis after the beloved husband of Queen Victoria. It is situated near the Albert Hall and faces the Kensington Park. It was treat to visit this unique society’s headquarters. So many expeditions were planned, funded and given royal patronage here. This is the place which led to so many discoveries. The exhibits, stories and ambience here are truly amazing and inspiring. The tales of those adventurous people who led their teams into the arctic, jungles, seas, volcanoes, deserts and mountains would definitely enthral you too. Researchers like David Livingstone, Ernest Shackleton, Humphrey Gilbert, Sir Francis Drake and Captain Cook were all funded by this society’s help. You can also see a private wedding or two taking place here.
    Written July 8, 2023
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  • 70ava
    Beijing, China1,002 contributions
    An interesting thought-provoking place next to SOAS. They have changing exhibitions - well made and very informative. The staff is very helpful. We visited the exhibition "Expelled" in its last days and learned a lot.
    Written January 17, 2024
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  • Kirsten
    Toronto, Canada71 contributions
    The London Library is a must-visit for literature enthusiasts. The bad news is that it's a private lending library, and you can't just walk in off the street. The good news is that they offer free tours one evening per month, and you can book free tickets through Eventbrite. These tours are an amazing opportunity to learn about the history and architecture of the building from an experienced guide, and see some of the treasures from the collection up close.
    Written June 25, 2019
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  • futtock21
    London, UK11,618 contributions
    There’s much more to Burlington House than the Royal Academy of Arts because it is home to a number of other learned societies, including the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Linnaean Society. The Geological Society is the only one accessed from Piccadilly rather than the courtyard of Burlington House itself. Founded by 13 members including Humphrey Davy in 1807 in the Freemasons Tavern in Great Queen Street, it moved to Burlington House in 1874. It has a magnificent library spread over two floors with over 300,000 volumes. During London Open House 2023 various first floor rooms including a Council Chamber and a modern ground floor lecture theatre were also open to the public. Some displays of rocks and fossils were available to interest younger visitors.
    Written September 24, 2023
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  • Roland D
    London, UK1,225 contributions
    This is the former public records office, dating from 1856, and now the library of the esteemed educational institution King's College London. It was open to the public during Open House Weekend, when I found out that King's is one of the top 10 universities in the World. The library is certainly impressive, holding over 750,000 publications, including various special collections which can be accessed by appointment. The building is also quite amazing, occupying an historic site. The round reading room and the Weston Room were the most impressive, the latter being where they have special displays (one currently on American poetry).
    Written September 22, 2019
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  • Liz D
    Trefriw39 contributions
    Another place I had always wanted to go but never did. Finally remedied that and spent a good few hours there. Learned so much! Passionate volunteers run it and it's full of info on working class rights and socialist movers and shakers. The tour is only a couple times a week so check before you go. The tour is £5 each.
    Written April 14, 2019
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  • Velanni
    London, UK18 contributions
    Nice small library in Wimbledon. Very quiet and hardly ever crowded, perfect place to come and read in peace.
    Written November 15, 2021
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  • Zoe B
    Worthing, UK1,381 contributions
    A wonderful opportunity to see inside this stunning building, the staff on hand were very helpful in explaining some of the history of the building.
    The outside of the building has a lot of decorative stonework but nothing can prepare you for the inside! A contrast to the modern Lloyds building that it is paired with, the history here is immense and the opportunity to see some of the old documents was fascinating. Well worth a visit when it is open to the public.
    Written September 18, 2019
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  • John B
    St Helens, UK128 contributions
    I had read about the Institute and thought it was a centre for German culture. While it does host German movie showings it is primarily a language school and not ( as I had assumed ) a German tourist information agency..
    Written July 19, 2019
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK179,644 contributions
    As others have mentioned, this library has a vast collection of books and written material specifically about London. It's more of a reference library than a general library, so useful for anyone doing research on London. Not so much for the general public though.
    Written March 16, 2019
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  • F C
    London, UK7 contributions
    Great staff members at the reception of Battersea library and the computer room. They were very helpful and really took the time in making sure I knew what they were saying. Membership card also made in minutes which was very helpful as this was a last minute arrangement
    Written January 17, 2024
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  • Crazy_Jim_83
    London, UK1,226 contributions
    I went to the library today;
    In search of poems to peruse
    For what proved to be a short stay
    As I had no further time to lose

    (or waste rather, as it all seemed a bit boring. There are a few desks available if you’re looking for somewhere to study….just pretend you’re studying poetry and don’t sign in because errr why would you?)
    Written July 25, 2023
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  • jeffgo2017
    London, UK6 contributions
    This beautiful library is coming back to life now that librarians are back in charge, though at present they can't cover the 1-2pm lunchtime. Plenty of books for all ages + DVDs, newspapers, new computers & WiFi. Children should have separate room as in the past; it's shocking several rooms are left empty. Weekly Chess club, monthly gardening & tea stall and lively book group are added attractions. The Friends organise free author talks first Tuesday evening, most recently Stella Duffy (Jan 2020). Walking into the lovely interior of this Edwardian jewel, you immediately feel you belong, you're at home, welcome, safe and free to discover & enjoy.
    Written January 18, 2020
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  • Penny290406
    London, UK27 contributions
    If you are a member of the RCN and live within reach of the library in Cavendish Square, you are in luck! I'm a RN and I've been using the library for the past 15 years for post registration study. The range of books and journals is excellent, and remote access to the databases is invaluable. Actually going to the library to work is something I've always found very conducive to studying with plenty of computers available (there are always too many jobs at home to distract you!). There's also a nice cafe on the ground floor and a little museum in the library. If I have one negative comment it is that not everyone (staff or visitors) always respects a quiet environment! Anyway, once you've had enough studying, John Lewis is just over the road for a bit of retail therapy!
    Written February 3, 2020
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