Guildhall Library

Specialising in the history of London, Guildhall Library has over 200000 printed titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries.  These include books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books.  All aspects of life in London, including its trade, people and buildings are covered by this material.

They also have special collections related to Samuel Pepys, John Wilkes and Thomas More.

Whether you are studying your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, tracing the history of a house or researching more about the history of your local area, you will find the documents held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Guildhall Library


Guildhall Library 

Telephone Numbers:

020 73321868 
020 73321870 


For details of the Library's collections please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue.  Items held by the Libraries are listed and it tells you where items can be located and if they are available for loan. Their collections also include:

  • Apprenticeship records
  • Biographical and genealogical sources
  • Boyd's Marriage Index
  • Census returns
  • Directories
  • London directories
  • The London Gazette
  • Newspapers
  • Occupational listings
  • Old Bailey sessions papers
  • Parliamentary Records
  • Telephone books

The nearest London Underground stations are:

Underground line Station and exit info
Central Bank (exit 9) St Paul's
District Mansion House (Bow Lane exit)
Circle Mansion House (Bow Lane exit) Moorgate
Northern Moorgate Bank (exit 9)
Metropolitan Moorgate
Hammersmith Moorgate

Bus routes 242, 5, 8 and 501 (to Cheapside), 11, 15, 23 and 26 (to Queen Victoria Street), 43, 76, 133, 141, 214, 271 (to Moorgate), 172 (to London Wall) all serve the Library.  

The closest railway stations are Moorgate (not wheelchair accessible), Liverpool Street (wheelchair accessible), Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and City Thames Link.

Car parks are available at London Wall (24 hours), Barbican (8am - midnight) and Aldersgate (24 hours).

Information regarding their opening hours is also available.

Many publications and other resources are available for sale in their shop, which include:

  • Books as History
  • City of London - A Companion Guide
  • City of London Book - A-Z Guide
  • City of London Past
  • Historic Trade Directories - Handlist of directories held by the Library
  • Lloyds Marine Collection - guide to the collection and related marine sources held at the Library
  • Postcards - set of 16 Postcards showing images from the Library's collections

You do not need to become a member or to register to use the Library, nor do you have to make an appointment, but it is best to bring some identification with you if you wish to peruse rarer manuscripts and items held by the Library. Manuscripts consulted at the Library can also be located in the London Metropolitan Archives online catalogue.

Further information about London Record Offices can be found by going to my pages regarding City of Westminster Archives Centre and London Metropolitan Archives.

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