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A guide to some libraries in London

This is a guide to some other libraries in London, which may be more suitable for your research needs than the British Library.

This guide may be useful to you especially if you are:

  • Undertaking genealogical research
  • Unsure of the material you need and wish to browse the collection at the shelf
  • Researching a very specific subject or a geographical area not adequately covered by our collections
  • Looking for a study space

You are advised to contact any of these libraries before visiting, to check:

  • Opening hours
  • If you need to book an appointment or become a member

Please note that some libraries may charge a fee for access.

All libraries on this list offer accessibility to disabled visitors (unless indicated otherwise), but you are advised to contact them before visiting, to ensure they can offer you appropriate services or facilities.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information below.

Public libraries
Special libraries
University of London libraries
Other university libraries