Terms And Conditions


  1. On the public computer you may only use software which we have installed.
  2. You must abide by the JANET Acceptable Use Policy for internet access.
  3. You must treat all Library materials with care.
  4. You must leave all wet outer garments on the hooks provided downstairs.
  5. You may not borrow books from the Library of Mistakes.


If you make any copies you must ensure that:

  1. you do not use the copy except for research for a non-commercial purpose or private study and will not supply a copy of it to any other person; and
  2. to the best of your knowledge, no other person with whom you work or study has made or intends to make, at or about the same time as this request, a request for substantially the same material for substantially the same purpose.
  3. you only make copies allowed by the ‘fair dealing’ provision of the relevant legislation.

Why Should You Visit The Library of Mistakes?

Comprehensive Collection

A comprehensive collection of books and other materials related to business and finance and our failure to learn the lessons of the past.

Relaxed Setting

We welcome everyone – financial scholars, researchers, the retired, students and enthusiasts to our peaceful reading rooms.

Worldwide Coverage

Our collection addresses all the countries of the world.

Email facility

You can email scanned documents to yourself or a colleague within the limits of copyright law.

Classified Collection

We have split our collection to help you navigate the world’s business and financial history.

Opening Hours

Library open 0900-1700 Monday-Friday. We follow the holiday schedule of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

Best Business and Finance Reference Library

Our new library is growing and aims to provide the world’s best finance and business reference library.

Online catalogue

Explore our collection online and verify we have the books you need before you come to visit.