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wemyss_400The Library of Mistakes is a financial history library with access by appointment only for approved Readers only.

Access is free to Readers.

Before you can visit the Library of Mistakes, you need to register as a reader before making an appointment. Please fill in the details below. Your application will be reviewed and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Please be assured that we will not pass your details on to any third party. We will refrain from sending you annoying over-frequent emails (we will send occasional emails relating to library events, etc, but only of direct importance to our membership).

How to Make a Donation: If you wish to contribute to the The Library of Mistakes Lausanne, please, make your donations payable to

The Library of Mistakes Foundation, rue du Grand-Pont 12, 1003 Lausanne

IBAN: CH62 0024 3243 5959 7501 G


LOM is a Swiss tax-exempted Foundation based in Lausanne. For Swiss tax residents gifts to the Foundation are deductible within the limit set by the applicable federal and cantonal legislations. An annual certificate will be sent to the donor to acknowledge receipt of the gift.

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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.