Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library from the outside.

Brief History
In 1933, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, a delegate meeting comprising trade unionists, veteran socialists belonging to the Labour Party and Communist Party, and representatives of the Labour Research Department and Martin Lawrence Publishers Ltd., considered setting up a permanent memorial to him. That year also saw the Nazi book burnings in Germany. The meeting resolved that the most appropriate memorial would be a Library. Thus the Marx Memorial Library and Workers School (as it was then known) was established at 37a Clerkenwell Green that year in house that was built in 1737 for use as a Welsh charity school.

International Brigades Archive, Picture Library, Political Poster Collection, British Labour Movement, Socialism and Working Class History, Russia and Soviet Collection.

Contact Details
Tel : 020 7253 1485
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Opening Times
Reading Room: 12pm-4pm Monday – Thursday, appointment recommended.
Tours: 1pm Tuesday & Thursday

Free admission but donations very welcome.

Underground: Farringdon on Circle, Hammersmith & Metropolitan lines.
British Rail: Thameslink, Farringdon.
Buses: 55, 63, 243.