The lost lending library

primary school project • october 2013 - present


The Lost Lending Library aims to raise standards in literacy, speaking and listening through engagement with an unforgettable narrative that unfolds within the school.

A freelance librarian visits pupils at a primary school, where they discuss their favourite books and stories. A shared love of the book How To Live Forever by Colin Thompson and the discovery of a strange locked book leads to the mysterious arrival of the Lost Lending Library. At 814 floors high and with 402 spiral side departments, it is the largest collection of books in the world. The Library leaps from place to place, arriving where it knows it can find the most precious books of all time: new stories written by young apprentices of the library.

Punchdrunk Enrichment is delivering The Lost Lending Library in Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets in 2016. 

To express interest in The Lost Lending Library, please email


Emma Miles, PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, produced a case-study report of the project between January and August 2015, funded by Creativeworks London's Researcher-in-Residence scheme. You can read the executive summary here, and do get in touch if you are interested in the full report.


"The Lost Lending Library has been an amazing experience for the children and a fantastic writing stimulus" Headteacher 2014

“The children have had their imaginations stretched beyond belief” Mary Collins, Headteacher at Holy Cross Primary School

“Now everybody reads more. My sister reads more, I read more and even my parents read more. My mum saw The Lost Lending Library and now she reads to my baby brother at dinner.” Key Stage 2 pupil


Creators: Peter Higgin, Frances Moulds & Matthew Odell
Designers: Livi Vaughan, Kate Rigby & James Boult
Sound & Graphic Design: Stephen Dobbie

Photos by Paul Cochrane

The Lost Lending Library is generously supported by

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

Unity Theatre Trust

Clifford Chance Foundation



Past delivery of The Lost Lending Library was supported by

Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation • Ernest Cook Trust • Mercers' Company Charitable Foundation • The Rayne Foundation