Coronavirus Update

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It is with great sadness that we have had to close Gladstone’s Library and cancel our events, residencies and courses for the remainder of 2020. We very much look forward to happier times and to your visits in the future. During this time of closure we will be completing renovations to meet Government guidelines for COVID-19 safety and social distancing with a view to re-opening in the Spring. 

We are a not-for profit, charitable organisation and our Library is free for everyone to use. We receive no external funding and we run on a fully self-sustaining business model, which means that any lengthy closure poses a threat to Gladstone’s Library. Our financial resources are small as our business model has always tried to keep our prices low and affordable so that Gladstone’s is accessible to all regardless of background. This leaves us exposed at times like this.

Arts and cultural institutions like libraries, museums and theatres are so important. They give dignity, a voice and a way to express what people feel at times of crisis and we want to protect Gladstone’s so we can keep providing a haven for those who want to use our space to create, to write and to study as so many have over the years.

We need to raise funds now to make sure we are here for our community in the future. There are a number of ways in which our supporters can help:

If you have made a reservation with us, we will be in touch shortly to discuss your options - please bear with us. 

  • If you have a booking with us, please consider letting us keep your deposit or the ticket price as a donation.
  • Make a donation selecting 'Support Gladlib' in the drop-down menu.
  • You can also ‘Donate Your Stay’ donating the amount you would normally expect to spend during a stay at Gladstone's Library.

Please remember to Gift Aid your donation if you can. If you need to contact us about any of these options, please email

Our future is at stake and we want to be here when this unprecedented crisis is over to serve our community of scholars, writers and readers. Please support us.

Keep safe, keep well and I hope to see you in the not-too-distant future.