Bishopsgate Library

Contact details

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About the library

Bishopsgate Library is an independent special collections and reference library that offers free public access to its world-renowned collections on London, labour, co-operation, protest and LGBTQ+/alternative sexuality histories. The Library is open to everyone, with no membership required. As well as its unique and fascinating historical collections, it continues to collect a broad range of books, pamphlets, periodicals and archival materials.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. Please visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the Bishopsgate Institute's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


Bishopsgate Library data on Copac

Example record from the Bishopsgate Library collections:

Privilegia Londini : or the laws, customs and priviledges of the City of London : wherein are set forth all the charters from King William I to his present majesty King William III : all their general and particular customs viz against foreigners, of a same sole merchant of disfranchisements of freemens wills, of executors and administrators, of fining those that refuse their office, of market-overt, of prisage, etc : the nature of by-laws what are good and what are not and how pleadable, with several special cases to the same : also of masters and apprentices, variety of cases, and pleading thereon : likewise the manner of proceeding in attachments, pleadings in foreign attachments, with several cases thereof, and forms of pleadings thereon the customs of orphans in several remarkable cases : together with the practice of all the courts, with the fees thereunto belonging as also the exact table for fees as they were given in by order of the court of aldermen under the hands of the several prothonoraries, secondaries, attornies and clerk-sitters in both compters, and Ludgate : with several other useful matters relating thereunto necessary for all merchants tradesmen citizens and others / printed for W. Bohun.
  Published: London : W. Bohun 1702

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