"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned”, said Saul Bellow. The library is one of the greatest multi-function public spaces the human race has ever invented. A place where you can read, relax, think, study, acknowledge and...sleep.
Here's a collection of pictures taken from our Flickr Pool showing just some of the libraries of London. And if you're feeling inspired, take a look at our guide to London-themed libraries and archives around town.
Many thanks to the photographers for allowing us to use their images via Flickr: WPhoto, msganching, Robin Bray-Hurren, deepstoat, Andrew Smith, Shanne W, Judy, Alan Habbick, Matt Brown, fazfazfaz and David Merrigan.