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Bishopsgate Institute Reference Library

Library with shelving and desk with people

Background

Green spiral logoBishopsgate Foundation established 1891 by educational reformer, Rev. William Rogers, Rector of St Botolph, Bishopsgate, to give aid to the poor and to build an Institute providing free libraries, a large hall and meeting rooms for the benefit of the public. Since 1895 Bishopsgate Institute has provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a huge array of subjects. Vast numbers of people have come to our building over the years to further their own learning, free from the pressures of work or formal environments. Enjoyable learning remains at the core of our mission.

Collection

Bishopsgate has unique and fascinating historical collections and continue s to collect a broad range of books, pamphlets and archival material. In addition, the library holds research materials for local and family historians, and maintains general reference materials and current national and local newspapers. Bishopsgate Library offers free public access to its world-renowned collections on London, labour, free-thought and co-operation. The Library is wholly funded by Bishopsgate Institute. The collection includes extensive London history collection; personal library and papers of George Howell; publications and papers of George Jacob Holyoake; Raphael Samuel archive; London Co-operative Society collection.

Building

Reference desk with peopleBishopsgate Institute is a cultural institute based in an impressive Grade II* listed building in central London designed by Charles Harrison Townsend. The Institute is located in one of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes walk away from Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields Market.

Status

Registered charity no 1090923