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The London Library provides a uniquely atmospheric setting for filming and has been used as a location in a wide range of print, broadcast and commercial photography work.

Recent examples include episodes of Killing Eve, Top Boy, In Search of Dracula with Mark Gatiss,The ApprenticeChild GeniusNewsnightBBC ArtsnightWho Do You Think You Are and a number of BBC 4 and Sky Arts documentaries.

We try to be as flexible with filming as possible. We can sometimes accommodate smaller daytime shoots in the back stacks and other quieter parts of the Library. Likewise, The Sackler Study and Times Room can occasionally be made available at the start and end of the working day for short filming sessions. But we need to make sure minimum disruption is caused to our members.

As a result of this, we aim to only host filming during hours the Library is closed, and therefore usually provide access during the following hours:

7.30am-9.30am Monday-Friday

5.30pm-9.30pm Wednesday, Thursdays & Fridays

The Library closes on Sundays. Sunday filming would only be available through special arrangement and where a very large shoot was involved.

As a charity receiving no public funding we charge a standard weekday location fee which includes our costs for staff overtime to help co-ordinate the filming and provide out of hours access to the building.


Rates are as follows:

Weekday mornings (up to 9.30am) - £200 per hour (ex VAT)

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday evenings (from 5.30pm) - £250 per hour (ex VAT)

Sunday – rates subject to negotiation

The current pandemic has meant the Library has had to update its hire conditions of use in order to protect its staff and members. For larger filming and photography shoots, there is now an additional cleaning fee. 

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