The Library

The Library

‘One of the jewels of Latin American Studies in the United Kingdom’  

Hugh Thomas, historian, author of Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom, An Unfinished History of the World, and World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II


About the Canning House Library Collection

The Canning House Collection is one of the largest collections in the UK on Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries that is available to the general public.

The breadth of its Latin American literature is remarkable, covering film, the visual arts, music, archaeology, the cultures of Latin America’s indigenous people, history, politics and geography.

Engraved frontispiece portrait of George Canning
   The pampas woodpecker  Rapatea paludosa Aublet.

Prints belonging to the Canning Collection.

Where can the Collection be viewed? 

In 2012 the Canning House Library was transferred to King’s College London. The handover was marked by a special exhibition – Ploughing the sea: Latin America observed

The collections from Canning House complement some 80,000 items held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Historical Collection at King’s.

King’s has historic roots in the academic study of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, with Spanish among the first subjects taught there, from 1831.

More information about visiting the Library at King’s College and viewing the Canning Collection can be found here.