Guildhall Library is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London.
The library's printed books collection comprises more than 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st century, and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books.
The collection covers all aspects of life in London, past and present, its trade, people and buildings. In addition, it holds extensive collections covering maritime history, business history, clocks and clockmakers, food and drink, historic English law reports and British parliamentary papers and statutes.
Guildhall Library also provides free access to a range of online resources. It runs an active and engaging programme of events, ranging from afternoon talks on aspects of London history, collections, workshops, tours, family history courses, evening events and wine receptions on a range of topics.
The exhibition space hosts a range of static and touring exhibitions, highlighting items from the library's own extensive collections and partner institutions. There is also a small shop within the library, selling London history publications, maps, postcards, bags and other London memorabilia.
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- Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
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