London Library

Last updated 30th October 2008 
Name of library London Library 
Address 14 St James’s Square, London. SW1Y 4LG 
Telephone 020 7930 7705 
Fax 020 7766 4766 
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Contact & Job Title No specialist librarian; enquiries to the librarian or the Membership administrator 
Purpose & main user community of the library Independent lending library covering arts and humanities, registered charity dedicated to the advancement of education, learning and knowledge. 
Terms of access Temporary reference-only memberships are available on a daily and weekly basis, on application and payment of appropriate fee (currently £10 and £30 respectively) 
Opening hours  M,F,Sa: 09.30 -17.30. Tu-Th: 09.30 – 19.30
Disabled access  Access to the building is via a flight of 6 stone steps. A lift serves most but not all of the bookstack areas. Staff available to provide assistance.
Lending to other libraries & visitors Inter-library loans via BLDSC and directly to other libraries. Exhibition loans and other special cases; applications should be made to the librarian.
Number of volumes over 1 million 
Periodicals – Back Issues 800 
Current Periodicals 600-700 
Other materials Small collection of manuscripts; The Times (not Sunday Times) on microfilm, 1785-May1976 
Volumes added per year 8,000 
Coverage Theology and the Christian tradition are particularly well represented. There is a large section of Christian literature; theological and devotional writings, sermons and commentaries. Important sacred texts, key commentaries and other non-Christian traditions have also been collected. 
Special Collections Important collection of c 21,500 works collected by TRA Allan, a 19th Century bibliophile, for the use of Methodist preachers; includes large collection of early Bibles. 
Research resource Substantial collection of standard and authoritative works in all modern European languages (plus Greek and Latin) available for loan to subscribing members in the UK and Europe. The Library holds complete sets of JP Migne’s ‘Patrologia Graeca’ and ‘Patrologia Latina’ and the ‘Acta Sanctorum’. 
Catalogue Type  Computer; printed guard-books
URL of catalogue
Other facilities  web access to online catologue
Full Time Staff  51
Part Time Staff  14
Voluntary Staff  7 (1 day per week)
Changes in next five years affecting the above A retrospective catalogue conversion programme is well under way; the vast majority of post-1950 acquisitions are now included on the computer catalogue. Work began on adding pre-1950 accessions in late 2004. 
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