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The National Poetry Library is a free public collection housed at Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre. Situated on the fifth floor of the Royal Festival Hall, overlooking the river Thames, the library aims to hold all contemporary UK poetry publications since 1912. It houses the largest collection in Britain, numbering over 200,000 items, including works by small presses. It also holds audio and video materials, critical texts and works for children for loan and reference.
The library contains work by non-UK poets and publishers and press cuttings are also archived for members' research. Membership is free and material is borrowed through the national inter-lending library services or returned by post. The library provides support for schools nationally and locally. The venue has an exhibition and event space.
The National Poetry Library Reviews
the moment I stepped in I ask if I need to sign in or whatever. and the staff told me "if you are not studying anything related to poetry I am afraid I need to ask you to leave." It's very rude and..... more »
Easy to get to, easy to find at the South Bank, which is well sign-posted from Waterloo Station, and an obvious destination along the banks of the Thames. Whatever floor you arrive at entering the... more »
This little library is the Crown Jewel of the Southbank Centre, one of the few free libraries in London, with the best silence to study at
SO MANY GOOD WORDS. Best place for poetry, free massive library on the southbank.
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