bishopsgate institute

Bishopsgate Institute founded 1894


Bishopsgate Foundation established 1891 by educational reformer, Rev. William Rogers, Rector of St Botolph, Bishopsgate, to give aid to the poor and to build an Institute providing free libraries, a large hall and meeting rooms for the benefit of the public. Since 1895 Bishopsgate Institute has provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a huge array of subjects. Vast numbers of people have come to our building over the years to further their own learning, free from the pressures of work or formal environments. Enjoyable learning remains at the core of our mission.


Bishopsgate Institute has unique and fascinating Special Collections and Archives and continues to collect a broad range of books, pamphlets and archival material. In addition, it maintains space for private study with access to wifi and current newspapers and magazines. Bishopsgate Library offers free public access to its world-renowned collections on London, labour, free-thought and co-operation, protest and campaigning, and LGBTQ history. The Library is wholly funded by Bishopsgate Institute.


Bishopsgate Institute is a cultural institute based in an impressive Grade II* listed building in central London designed by Charles Harrison Townsend. The Institute is located in one of London's most dynamic areas, just two minutes walk away from Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields Market.

Contact information

Stefan Dickers, Library and Archives Manager
230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
tel: 02073 929 270 / email:

Open Monday to Thursday 10.00-17.30, Friday 10.00-14.00, Saturday 10.00-17.30

The Library is open to everyone, with no membership required. All visitors are welcome to explore our varied collections.



Registered charity no 1090923

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