Collections

Our main lending collection covers a wide range, from the crime fiction – much in demand – to popular science.

In general the stock reflects members’ interests, and, indeed, those of earlier librarians: at various times the Bloomsbury Group, gardening, embroidery, Imperial Russia and women travellers of the 19th century have been well represented.

The original collection, as the first catalogue of 1839 shows, matched the lecture subjects chosen by the early members.  It was much stronger in the burgeoning fields of science and engineering.  Now biography, history and fiction predominate. 

Our children’s corner holds many classics, often enjoyed by parents and grandparents, as well as new titles for the very young, for new and for confident readers, and for young adults.

The London Collection covers all aspects of the capital: history, waterways, architecture, transport, guilds, its people and more.

Highgate itself is more comprehensively represented, and together with our Archives this collection offers an extremely useful resource for anyone interested in exploring the history of our area.

Coleridge and Betjeman Collections

Both Coleridge and Betjeman lived locally, Betjeman in childhood and Coleridge in the last years of his life.  These collections include works by and about both these poets.

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THE LIBRARY IS OPEN:

Tuesday – Friday     10.00-5.00
Saturday                   10.00-4.00
Tuesday evenings before lectures 7.30-8.00

TO RENEW BOOKS:

Tel. 020 8340 3343 Option 2

FOR ENQUIRIES OR TO SPEAK TO THE LIBRARIAN:

Tel. 020 8340 3343 Option 3
Email: librarian@hlsi.net