Press Release – Important news regarding St Bride Library


The closure date for St Bride Library has now been confirmed. The Reading Room will close at 6pm on Wednesday 17th December 2014 until further notice.

Although a start date for the redevelopment of Fleet House has yet to be announced, we will use the period of closure to undertake essential conservation, care, and management of library stock. This work is absolutely essential if library stock is to be packed for transportation and storage, as we wish our holdings to be in the best possible condition before they are removed from site. The closure also provides a unique opportunity to review our entire stock and to provide better storage conditions for items which are currently held on open shelving. All of this preparation is being done so that the Library may re-open with much improved access and better facilities to support research and education. The Foundation wishes to emphasise that this closure will be a positive step forward for St Bride Library.

A team of eight conservation volunteers from NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) will be joining the library in January. This will ensure that items which cannot be fully conserved quickly and affordably will be stabilised and stored correctly.

All pre-booked appointments after the closure date, made prior to this announcement, will be honoured and we will continue to provide appointment-only access for those with ongoing research, for as long as it is practical to do so. No new appointments can be accepted at the present time, although this decision will be reviewed at regular intervals following closure.

Whilst the reading room doors are closed we will have regular exhibitions and evening events and talks. This will ensure that the library will continue to be a very active cultural and historical establishment. For 120 years the library has been the jewel in the crown of the St Bride Foundation and we hope it will remain so for many years to come.

You will be able to find regular updates on the library via our social media outlets and website:





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