Gladstone's Library | the UK's finest residential library

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Gladstone’s Library reopened to residential guests on September 1st, and welcomed Readers and guests of Food for Thought back into the building on September 6th.

Shortly after, we held our first hybrid (on and offline) event: Gladfest 2021.

Several hundred people turned up in person and tuned in online to listen to speakers like Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), Natasha Pulley (The Kingdoms, the Lost Future of Pepperharrow), and Booker Prize nominated author Francis Spufford (Light Perpetual).

A program of events for 2021 is available here. We warmly encourage you to engage with our masterclasses, evening talks and more.

New and returning Readers are invited to learn about the changes we have made to our world-famous Reading Rooms, which are those most precious of things: silent study spaces and repositories of knowledge.

Food for Thought now offers table service and a revamped, modern menu.

The restaurant was at the heart of our Hospitality Day fundraiser (food and a Glimpse) which allowed guests to support both the library itself and Hospitality Action, a charity that supported hospitality workers during the recent pandemic lockdowns.

Our residential bedrooms have also seen updates: all guests now have access to en-suite or private bathrooms. As always, our friendly staff are on hand to help make your stay a good one.

For more details, call us on 01244 532350 or email

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