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About us

Essential members upwards have full access to the library.

Student and overseas members can access everything except physical loans.

The collection

​dental books

​​rare books
​article packages
​business books

Physical loans are posted out free of charge.

Contacting the library

library@bda.org | 020 7563 4545


Visiting us

The library is be open to visitors from 10.00 to 16.00 every Wednesday and Thursday. 

You will need to make an appointment if you wish to spend more than a few minutes browsing in the library.


You may browse without making an appointment but we reserve the right to prevent you from entering the library in order to comply with social distancing.

We offer free Wi-Fi and printing, photocopying facilities and a relaxing space to work in as well as face to face contact with experienced library professionals!


Non-member visitors

Those who are eligible to join the BDA may not visit without first becoming BDA members.

Those who are not eligible to join the BDA may visit the library for reference purposes BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Email library@bda.org before you visit and we will send you a visitor’s letter provided you are conducting legitimate dental research.


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.

How we used to look

The library as it appeared in a leaflet about the New Headquarters in Wimpole Street

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!