Your Ideas

What we can say with certainty is that the Library of Mistakes will continue to grow – we are keen to increase our offering and our (free) membership. If you would like to contribute books or materials to the library, wish to recommend purchases for the library, or have any other suggestions, please contact the Librarian.

The History of Financial Advice project charts the history of personal financial advice literature as it has developed in Britain and the United States. A Finders Guide (PDF) was produced to aid scholars, financial professionals, and members of the public in navigating the ‘History of Financial Advice Collection’ within the Library of Mistakes.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

George Santayana

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.