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London Library 1841

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
“No book should ever be discarded, no matter how idiosyncratic or unfashionable”
We often think about these great people in isolation to each other but they were meeting and discussing ideas amongst themselves and used institutions such as the London Library to so.
Use the link to the London Library to learn more about it’s history and how you can use it today for inspirational thinking!