Our Reading Room Hours:

  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Wednesdays 1pm-7pm

For over 120 years, Christian Science Reading Rooms have served their communities. Today, there are approximately 1500 Reading Rooms in over 80 countries.

Christian Science Reading Rooms are bookstores and reading centers for learning about spirituality, prayer, and healing. They are a public resource for anyone who seeks spiritual understanding and are open to people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ways of life.
Our comfortable sitting area is available for anyone to rest, read or study. If you would like to know about Christian Science, the Library attendant will be happy to answer your questions, otherwise your privacy will be respected.

For Sale in our Book Store:
  • Mary Baker Eddy’s textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (in several different languages), other writings by MBE, topical pamphlets, the Christian Science Quarterly, Journal, and Sentinel magazines, printed by the Christian Science Publishing Society
  • The Holy Bible – King James and several other versions. We also have the Bible available in other languages
  • Bible concordances, dictionaries, and reference texts
  • Bible stories for children
  • CD’s – Your favourite Hymns . . . Articles, to listen . . . and ponder
  • The Christian Science Monitor, a news magazine
  • Internet access to a wealth of articles on spirituality

We are not a lending library, however the majority of items listed above (and many others) are available for you to enjoy during your visit, and there is no obligation to buy.

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Librarian Rita Eman examines some of the books available at the Christian Science Reading Room. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)
Librarian Rita Eman examines some of the books available at the Christian Science Reading Room. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

Reading room provides refuge, resources

DAN BROWN, The London Free Press
Thursday, July 5, 2012

You never know who you’ll bump into at London’s Christian Science Reading Room.

The venerable reading room — reopened to the public Tuesday after renovations — has been a London landmark since 1900. It has been in its current location at 354 Wellington St., across from Citi Plaza, for the past 13 years.

The Bible-based Christian Science group is widely known for its secular newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, and its 1,500 reading rooms in more than 80 countries.

“The reading room is meant to be a study and resource for everybody,” said Laraine Wotring, who was staffing the room Tuesday along with librarian Rita Eman.

In addition to the King James edition, visitors will find several different versions of the Bible. There are also concordances and scholarly commentaries, with plans to add foreign-language versions as well.

“Spanish and French for sure,” Eman said of imminent additions to the growing Bible collection.

There is a soundproofed study room where Londoners can listen to a selection of audio books. They can also buy a copy of Science and Health, the scriptural guide penned by Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy.

“Lawyers like it because it’s very logical,” Wotring said of her faith.

But why would people come to the reading room, when the Monitor is now an online-only publication?

“Some people don’t like the computer, especially the older generation,” explained Eman.

The reading room also contains bound volumes of some periodicals dating back to the 1890s for those who don’t like reading off a screen.

Eman says she even saw one man praying in a quiet reading area.

“To him, it was a refuge,” she added.

And while the Monitor was one of the first newspapers to go online-only, it still publishes a weekly print summary of the most important stories.

The room also serves as the administrative home for the Christian Science church while church members search for a new home after the sale of their building.

Worship is currently held at the Lamplighter Inn.