Foyles is entering the housing sector by partnering with property developer Elysian Residences for specially curated libraries in their retirement homes.
The new collaboration will provide residents with book collections alongside an ordering service with access to foreign language books, classical or jazz music recordings and DVDs.
Residents will be able to place requests with their concierge for the latest books or purchase publications from Foyles and have them delivered to their home.
There are also plans to offer on-site book talks by authors including Nigella Lawson, Andrew Marr and Kate Adie.
Residents in the six-storey, 101-apartment Landsby development in Stanmore, north London will be the first to take advantage of the library. The scheme is scheduled to open in late 2019.
Foyles is now seeking similar partnerships with other housebuilders. Foyles general manager Stephen Clarke said: “We’re pleased to announce this new partnership with Elysian Residences, in which we can draw on our collective bookselling expertise and the depth of our range to curate a library offer to inspire, inform and delight, situated in a stunning surround. This is a new and exciting venture for us, and we look forward to offering Elysian residents a service of the same high standard to which we hold each of our bookshops.”
Elysian Residences c.e.o, Gavin Stein added: “Libraries are an important cornerstone of a vibrant community, offering visitors a place of relaxation, learning and discovery. We wanted to provide our residents with a relaxing reading environment curated with the latest high-quality books and other publications, and this is why Elysian Residences chose to partner with renowned bookseller Foyles to ensure our libraries provide a unique and valuable resource.”