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Become a Friend of Gladstone's Library

A lot of exciting things have happened at Gladstone's Library over the last few years and it is the ongoing support of our many Friends that has made much of this possible.

During this time of closure, our Friends are more important than ever before.  Friends donations do not fund special projects, unlike in other organisations.  They fund the building – the electricity bill, fixing leaks and other essential costs.  These costs continue even while the building remains closed and we must continue to look after it so that it will be in a fit state when we are able to re-open.  So, while we know that the Reading Rooms are often a key reason for people deciding to become a Friend and these are currently not available, your donations now will ensure that they will be in the future and for future generations.

We are attracting more people than ever before due largely to the broadening of our annual programme of events and the introduction of our Writers-in-Residence scheme and literary festivals.

We have exciting plans for new collaborations with universities in theology, history, politics and cultural studies and remain committed to engaging with and nurturing understanding of Islam.

We believe that the Library has an important role to play in addressing some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society (as Gladstone would have wished) and want to ensure that Gladstone's wonderful legacy continues to be accessible to as many people as possible.

If you have benefitted from Gladstone's Library and want us to be able to offer its unique resources to future generations, please consider becoming a Friend by making a regular contribution (monthly, quarterly or annual).  We do ask for the donation to be no less than £3.00 per month, £8.00 per quarter or an annual donation of £30.00 per year to ensure that our admin costs are covered.  

A bank mandate is included in our Friends leaflet but if you prefer to set up a payment by another method (e.g. internet banking), please contact us and we can advise how to do this.

All we would ask is that you note the date of your first payment a calendar month ahead of the date you return the form (to allow time for the bank to process it) and the amount and frequency of subsequent payments. You are, of course, welcome to make a donation by cheque or credit/debit card.

Cheques should be made payable to 'Gladstone's Library'.

The benefits of being a Friend of Gladstone's Library include:

  • Advance notice of special offers and events
  • Priority e-newsletter
  • Access to the Gladstone Bag and our Digital Archive
  • Bag’s ‘wallet’, a space where all your event e-tickets are gathered and stored for easy access
  • Priority booking for Gladfest, Annual Gladstone Lecture and other special events
  • Special events and visits for Friends
  • Two bespoke quote postcards exclusively for Friends

Download our Friends leaflet for full details of how to sign up!

Please click here if you wish to make an online donation to the Library using your credit or debit card.

If you would like further information, please email Elizabeth Newmarch.



Please note that there is no access to the Reading Rooms for Friends unless you are also a Reader.