Mission statement | Gladstone's Library

Statement of aims and objectives

Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.

We are committed to maintaining Gladstone's legacy of engagement with social, moral and spiritual questions by helping people reflect more deeply on the questions that concern them. We do not seek to provide the answers but we do offer a comfortable, sociable, stimulating and accessible environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials.

We enable our guests to enjoy solitude as well as social interaction and like everyone to leave having encountered something they were not expecting - a book, idea or person, for example. Our courses and events, our Writers-in-Residence programme and our literary festivals are constantly evolving. They keep us connected with a wide network of writers and thinkers - and make us worth re-visiting.