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The Library

The Reform Club’s Library was established in 1841 under the guidance of Sir Anthony Panizzi. It now comprises more than 85,000 volumes. The collection has been built up through regular purchases and through donations from members, particularly of their own published works. The Library is particularly strong in 19th century English literature, topography, political biography, British history of the last two hundred years, travel, architecture and art.

Update: Journals and periodicals are once again available in the Clubhouse. The front covers of those available are displayed in the Hansard Bar and Smoking Room. Please ask the Librarian or Front Hall porter for the journal and return it to them after you have finished with it. It will then be quarantined for 24 hours.

The Librarian

The Library is administered by a full-time professional Librarian under the direction of the Library Committee. The Librarian is available to answer members' bibliographical enquiries and to lend assistance with research.

The catalogue’s full search by subject field and login facility will be available soon. In the interim please contact the Librarian with details of any books you’d like to borrow.

Private study

You will find the Library an ideal resource for private study and scholarly research. The Study Room provides a pleasant haven for uninterrupted work. Material not immediately available from the Library's considerable resources can usually be obtained free of charge, via the Librarian, from the London Library. The London Library is the country’s largest private library with over 1 million books, and a host of online resources which the Club’s Librarian can access for you.

 
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Archive & Exhibitions

The Reform Club's historical records contain a wealth of domestic, social and economic information covering all aspects of the Club's history.

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Catalogue

The Club’s Library catalogue is available online. Please contact the Librarian with details of any books would like to borrow.

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