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BDA to mark 100 years of the most comprehensive dental library in Europe 

9 January 2020


The BDA Library is celebrating 100 years from its inception in 1920 to becoming the most comprehensive dental library in Europe today.  

To kick off the celebrations, the library is hosting a free event on Thursday 6 February from 4-6pm at the BDA in London, to which all BDA members are warmly invited
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Conceived in part by WH Dolamore and Lilian Lindsay, two eminent dentists long involved with the BDA, the library first began its life as a small resource in the BDA’s original building in 23 Russell Square, London in 1920. 

Last year, English Heritage installed a Blue Plaque on the building to mark Lilian’s achievement in becoming the first female dentist to qualify in the UK 

Lilian Lindsay Russell Square Library
Lilian Lindsay in the 'new' BDA Library in Russell Square (c) BDA

Lilian served as librarian from 1920 until 1946, when she became the BDA’s first-ever female president, but she continued to oversee the library’s development and growth until her death in 1960.  

Moving from Russell Square to the BDA’s new offices in Hill Street in 1935, the library survived through the Second World War relatively unscathed and finally moved to our current home at 64 Wimpole Street, where we continue to provide a world-class service to members, researchers, and other interested people, on dental resources and learning.  

Helen Nield, BDA Head of Library and Knowledge Services said:

“Throughout our history, the library has strived to keep abreast of new developments in both the library and digital sectors, and today we are proud of our library’s reputation across the world, as a renowned resource for dental research and education.  

“We hope our library will continue to thrive and be a valuable resource to our members in the future. Whether we exist in a purely virtual world, or whether our members may still require a physical space to come and research and learn, we will strive to support you in your quest for knowledge!” 


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