Thomas Carlyle had a vision for an institution which would allow subscribers to enjoy the riches of a national library in their own homes.
So he founded the London Library, still in existence today, situated in St James’s Square and a real gem of an institution
- Earl Clarendon was it’s first president
- Thackeray was it’s first author
- Gladstone was on it’s first committee
- Early members included George Eliot and Charles Dickens