Guildhall Library

Guildhall Library
Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH

(020) 7332 1868 or 1870

Hours of opening:

(Please check the web sites for up to date information)
Monday - Saturday 0930 - 1700
Closed on Bank Holidays and Bank Holiday Saturdays.


No prior formalities, but proof of identity required for certain categories of material and some material requires advance notice.

Reader places:


Staff in charge:

Printed Books                         Mr A Harper

Staff availability:

Throughout the hours of opening.


On-line computer catalogue available in Library and remotely via web site with searches by author/artist, title, keyword, place and subject. Includes analytics for London articles in serials on a selective basis.


Special London classification for inner London area: Dewey for other areas (printed books).


189,000 books, 1170 cubic metres of archives (around) 100,000 units, 15,000 microforms.

Special collections or strengths:

London history in all its aspects is the core interest of the library with other special collections including business history, historic trade directories, historic English law reports, British parliamentary papers and statutes, Lloyd’s marine collection, clock and watch making, food and wine, John Wilkes, Samuel Pepys, Sir Thomas More and Charles Lamb (printed books). 

Additional facilities:

Reprography. Fee-based service available for lengthy research.