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    London University students visit to Guildhall Library

The following group sessions are suitable for BA and MA students and sessions for PhD students can be arranged on request. We offer three set visits/tours as well as an opportunity to 'create' your own visit/tour using the materials available in the Library.

Introductory visit

A brief introduction to the Library’s history and collections and an illustrated talk by one of our Librarians.

Duration: one hour
Group size: maximum 50

London history: Sources for London History or Sources for Plague and Fire

The visit includes an introduction to the Library, its history and collections and information about using the library, including handling rare books and manuscripts. This is followed by a practical session focused on using the library: a brief tour of the Library reading room and resources and a catalogue-searching and e-resources session.

The students will then be shown a range of primary and secondary sources from the collection.

Duration: two hours
Group size: six minimum 30 maximum

Create your own

We hold collections which are of interest to students on a range of subjects - recent students who have visited include those studying architecture, art and design, business history, English, creative writing, geography, mathematics, politics, and theology.

If our existing London history collections visits are not relevant to your course content, it is possible for the lecturer or visit organiser to create one that is

How to book a student visit

Student visits are usually held on:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
  • Between 10am-12midday or 2pm-4pm

However, it may be possible to arrange a visit on other days/times, subject to availability.

To arrange a visit, please email guildhall.library@cityoflondon.gov.uk with the following information or call us on 020 7332 1868 for an informal chat about your visit:

  • How many people are in the group
  • The tour or subject focus if a pre-existing tour does not exist
  • When you would like to visit.

Group visits for students are offered free of charge.

Please be aware that as tours and visits are subject to availability we recommend booking well in advance.


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