Opened in 1920 the Robert and Lilian Lindsay library was founded and organised by Lilian Lindsay, the first woman to qualify as a dentist in the UK. Currently it is the most comprehensive dental library in Europe.
Books, packages of articles and DVDs, literature searches, articles and general information can all be supplied to members wherever they are in the UK.
Student members may not borrow items but ebooks can be accessed by all members, including students, at any time online.
Visiting the Library
All BDA members can come in to the library between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am and 7pm on a Wednesday.
We offer free internet access, free WiFi, photocopying facilities and a relaxing space to work in as well as face to face contact with experienced library professionals!
Non-member visitors to the Library
Please note that non-members who are not eligible to join the BDA may visit the library for reference purposes BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY. Non-members who are eligible to join the BDA may not visit without first becoming BDA members.
Please telephone us in advance of a visit and we will send you a visitor’s letter provided you are conducting legitimate dental research. Please note that there is generally a charge for this service. Visitors will not be allowed in to the library without a visitor’s letter.
How we used to look
This is a line drawing vision of what the library was to look like from the pamphlet, The New Headquarters created before the Wimpole Street building was finished.
Note the complete absence of computers!