Specialising in the history of London.
We provide free access to a wide range of online resources.
We have the largest collection in the world devoted to the history of London.
We hold the largest collection of food and wine books in any UK public library.
We hold information on merchant vessels, their movements and shipping casualties.
Guildhall Library is a public reference library specialising in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries 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, we hold extensive collections covering maritime history, business history, clocks and clockmakers, internationally renowned collections of books on wine and food, historic English law reports and British parliamentary papers and statutes
Special collections include those devoted to Samuel Pepys, John Wilkes and Thomas More, plus the libraries of the Clockmakers', Gardeners’ and Fletchers’ Companies, the Antiquarian Horological Society, Gresham College, and the Charles Lamb Society.
Guildhall Library presents a programme of events and exhibitions commemorating the centenary of the First World War
We host a series of afternoon talks on London history, book launches and evening wine receptions.
Monday-Saturday: 9.30am-5pmThe library is closed on bank holidays and the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend.
Dr Gavin Dixon explores brass instrument manufacture in early 20th-century London, particularly focusing on instruments made for military use during the First World War.