The Poetry Library

The Poetry Library

In 2013 the Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall celebrated its 60th birthday.

The Library, whose holdings go back to 1912, was established by the Arts Council in 1953 and speakers at the opening included TS Eliot and Herbert Read.

After having homes across London the Library moved to Southbank Centre in 1988. Over the years the focus on poetry from around the world translated into English has increased, as has the children’s collections, poetry on audio and the collection of poetry magazines.

The Library now holds over 200,000 items and is the largest collection of modern and contemporary poetry in the UK.

It is open to all and free to join with proof of a UK address.

The Poetry Library

Level 5,

Royal Festival Hall Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 8pm

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