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I popped into a couple of libraries last week when I was in London.

The Directory of Social Change ( has a little library in its premises close to Euston train station. It is a small room, full of books and periodicals on various aspects of the voluntary sector, including fundraising. There were old DSC books that I had never heard of, and a few books by other publishers. You can also access the DSC’s Fundraising Websites. Contact DSC if you want to book exclusive access to these websites.

Afterwards, I popped along to the nearby British Library I have my reader’s pass (free), and often pop in when I am in the area. The British Library has some marvellous electronic resources, a few up-to-date fundraising directories on the shelves, and warehouses full of books that you can request (a few days in advance).

Very contrasting styles of libraries and both are marvellous resources … and so close to Drummond Street for when you are feeling peckish!

Finbar Cullen established ResearchPlus in 2005 to provide fundraising research services for the not-for-profit sector. He researches people, companies and grant-making trusts and foundations, mostly in the UK, but also other parts of the world. Finbar has published directories of “unpublished” grant-making trusts (registered with the Charity Commission and with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), and each month he contributes to The Trust List, highlighting newly registered grant-making trusts worthy of particularly close attention.

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