LIBRARY OF THE ROYAL COLONIAL INSTITUTE.
In the library of the Royal Colonial Institute, there are some twenty-four thousand books and pamphlets, readily accessible by means of a printed catalogue. The Institute, founded in 1868, was incorporated by Royal charter in 1882; and it now has an annual income of about £7,000 and nearly four thousand Fellows. With so excellent an object as the promotion of Colonial interests, in every imaginable way, it is not surprising that the Institute has prospered so well. It enjoys the patronage of Royalty, for the Prince of Wales is President; and the Council is a most influential body. The institute is housed on the north side of Northumberland Avenue, of which a view appears on page 337.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896