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The London Library as an aid to Oxbridge/Russell Group university entrance

For those who live in or near London, and even further afield, the London Library might be a useful resource for those planning to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, and/or another of the well regarded universities in the UK. The library might be especially useful for students who are not applying from a school or sixth form college.

My nephew did not go to university straight after school, and went to London to do this and that. After two or three years, he decided to re-do his A levels and try for Oxford. He read a lot and wrote a bit at the London Library, and this helped him greatly in making a successful application. He went to Oxford in his early twenties, and had a great time. He went on to get a good job after Oxford. Being a bit older than other undergraduates was not a problem, not least because there are so many graduate students at leading universities.

The library might also be of some use to students still at school or sixth form college, depending on how well resourced the school/college is. Sadly, public libraries are not what they once were, and some have sadly been closed.

Membership has a cost, but discounted rates are available to young people, and to those who are of limited means. It is possible to join just to borrow books.

The library has lots of books and journals, a relaxed lending policy, and a lovely reading room. It is located in St James's Square, not far from the tube stations at Green Park and at Piccadilly Circus.

I am not employed by or affiliated with the London Library. I used to be a member of the library when I was younger, and I rate it highly.

Details here -

https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/

https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/join/prospective-members-tours
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Original post by Stiffy Byng
For those who live in or near London, and even further afield, the London Library might be a useful resource for those planning to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, and/or another of the well regarded universities in the UK. The library might be especially useful for students who are not applying from a school or sixth form college.
My nephew did not go to university straight after school, and went to London to do this and that. After two or three years, he decided to re-do his A levels and try for Oxford. He read a lot and wrote a bit at the London Library, and this helped him greatly in making a successful application. He went to Oxford in his early twenties, and had a great time. He went on to get a good job after Oxford. Being a bit older than other undergraduates was not a problem, not least because there are so many graduate students at leading universities.
The library might also be of some use to students still at school or sixth form college, depending on how well resourced the school/college is. Sadly, public libraries are not what they once were, and some have sadly been closed.
Membership has a cost, but discounted rates are available to young people, and to those who are of limited means. It is possible to join just to borrow books.
The library has lots of books and journals, a relaxed lending policy, and a lovely reading room. It is located in St James's Square, not far from the tube stations at Green Park and at Piccadilly Circus.
I am not employed by or affiliated with the London Library. I used to be a member of the library when I was younger, and I rate it highly.
Details here -
https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/
https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/join/prospective-members-tours
Fascinating. I've lived in London for nearly 20 years and was completely unaware of its existence. Thanks for flagging.
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I love the place. I was a member for years. I am no longer a member only because I joined a club in central London which has an extensive library.

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