St Bride Library has served the printing community of Fleet Street and the wider constituency of designers, artists and typographers since it opened in November 1895. The book stock covers a vast range of printing, publishing, typography and design topics. There are inspirational collections of printed material, technical and instructional manuals, and over 10,000 type specimens, many of them unique. The materials of type-founding, drawn from the great British foundries of Caslon, Figgins and others form an important research resource. Special collections include printing types from the Oxford University Press, inscriptional rubbings and original drawings for typefaces by Eric Gill, early nineteenth century broadsides from the presses of James Catnach and William Fortey, road sign models by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert and over 200 other distinct groups of selected items relating to our core subjects.

At present our catalogue, which you can find here, shows mostly printed materials. Please contact the library team ( for information about our Special Collections.

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