City of London Guildhall Library

Contact details

E-mail: Printed Books Manuscripts Tel: 020 7332 1868 (Printed Books), 020 7332 1862 (Manuscripts)

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About the library

The original Library at Guildhall was founded in the 1420s under the terms of the will of Richard Whittington. Today, it is a major public reference library which specialises in the history of London, especially the City, as well as having other significant collections. The Library has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of printed works on London history and also outstanding resources on diverse subjects such as food and wine, gardening, law reports, English parliamentary papers, local history, marine history, clock and watch-making and archery.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Guildhall Library: 2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, but copies of material may be available, subject to copyright and conservation restrictions. Please contact the library for details.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - 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.


City of London Guildhall Library data on Copac

Example record from the City of London Guildhall Library:

The general history of England, as well ecclesiastical as civil. London : Rhodes 1696-1704
  Published: London : Rhodes 1696-1704

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