Friends 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.

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) of whatever amount is appropriate for you.

Money that we receive from Friends helps us meet our day-to-day running costs - it is not for special projects or any 'extras' - it is purely and simply to help us keep going.

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 do so.

All we would ask is that you advise us of the date of your first payment 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
  • Extended hours for use of the Reading Rooms (daily 9am - 10pm)
  • Priority e-newsletter
  • Priority booking for Gladfest, Annual Gladstone Lecture and other special events
  • Special events and visits for Friends

Download our Friends leaflet here 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.

New Friends are encouraged to give as much or as little as you can afford. Please be aware that to cover admin costs, we cannot process payments of less than £1 per month.

Important changes to our Friends scheme:

The last few years have seen a marked increase in the number of A-level students using the Reading Rooms. We have been delighted to welcome them but, after a lengthy period of internal discussion, it is with regret that we have to announce that our HR advisers and insurers have clarified that no-one under the age of 18 can use the Library during unstaffed hours i.e. after 5pm and all day Sunday.

Therefore, from 1st April 2018:

  • For the small number of Friends who are under 18, we are sorry but we can no longer offer you late or Sunday working. If this means you no longer wish to remain a Friend, we will be happy to refund any Friends payments you have made in 2018. Please contact robertson@gladlib.org. Friends under 18 who wish to use the Reading Rooms can do so as a Day Reader from 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday. 
  • If you are already a Friend and over 18, please bring proof of age ID each time you work after 5pm. Friends who want to work late in the Reading Rooms must email library@gladlib.org to be added to the late working list. Anyone not on the list will not be permitted entry. 
  • The other benefits of being a Friend remain unchanged and available to Friends of all ages. You can still get priority booking for some Library events, receive our newsletter before anyone else, and be consulted about future developments at Gladstone’s Library.

If you are under 18 and the benefit of working late was a strong reason for becoming a Friend, you may now feel it appropriate to become a Day Reader. Forms are available at Reception.

Please note that, from 1st April, use of the Gladstone Room after 5pm is for residents and diners only.