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The Library of London History

Guildhall Library is a public reference library specialising in the history of London. Our 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. This 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 Gardeners' and Fletchers' Companies, the Antiquarian Horological Society, Gresham College, and the Charles Lamb Society.

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