I'm planning a trip to London soon and have been searching to find out what has happened to the Camel and Artichoke. The latest entry on this page gives some hope - http://www.london-se1.co.uk/---/page=2 "....there are notices up saying the pub is being refurbished and will re-open shortly. These have appeared only in the last couple of days I believe." - 9th March
There is also some info here from Februrary saying than plans to build flats and reduce the size of the pub have been refused, so that's hopeful - http://www.london-se1.co.uk/---/9069
I wonder if the books are still there, or maybe safely in storage somewhere? I'm probably being over optimistic!