<span>THE</span><span>LONDON
LIBRARY</span>

THE LONDON LIBRARY

The London Library

The London Library is the world’s largest private subscription library, holding approximately 1.5 million books. The historic library spreads across five different Grade II listed buildings and a 1970s office block. 

Building fabric changes and air movement improvements achieved the fundamental objective of improving environmental conditions for the books, while maximising storage space.

While full temperature and humidity control and carbon filtration was provided for the rare book collection, the remaining stacks used a more passive solution. Environmental conditions were controlled by correcting seals, improving insulation and avoiding light penetration with assistance from mechanical ventilation.

Architect

Haworth Tompkins

Value

£16m

Completion

2010

Client

THE LONDON LIBRARY

The many thousands of books and manuscripts exchange heat and moisture with their environment, acting as passive climate regulators.
Exposed thermal mass installed on the ceiling and solar controlled blinds regulate the environment in the Art Room.
The mechanical services design needed the utmost sensitivity to energy consumption and intrusion on the library environment.
The new plant room will eventually serve the entire library, through thorough planning and installation of a central services corridor.
The Lightwell Reading Room provides natural ventilation and daylight via the high level roof lights.

The second phase of works included the refurbishment of the main building for The London Library, located on St James’s Square.

Image: Julian Anderson

Architect

Haworth Tompkins

Value

£16m

Completion

2010

Client

THE LONDON LIBRARY

2014 RIBA National Award

2014 RIBA National Award

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