Public Libraries

There are over 360 public libraries in London and most Londoners are never more than a mile away from their nearest one. Public libraries offer a wide range of materials:

Books – use the “What’s in London’s Libraries?” link on the left
Talking books, large print and Braille – check out London Libraries Recommend… or ask at your library about Revealweb
Magazines, newspapers and journals – for a guide to foreign language, regional, national and local newspapers, check out HOSNILL (PDF document)
CDs, Videos and DVDs
Music collections – orchestral and vocal sets for performance and for loan; pop, jazz and world music as well as classical music on CD
Information books, databases and electronic services (opens as an Excel spreadsheet)

To find out about libraries which are strong in a particular subject, visit the collections page and how to become a member of your local library visit the joining page

In addition individual libraries may have:

Reading and Writing Groups
Local studies collections – worth a visit if you are interested in researching your family history or findng out the history of your local area
Reading promotions, including London Libraries Recommend…
Homework clubs and study space
Storytime for the under fives
Free access to the Internet
Rooms for hire
Sunday opening – use the “Looking for a library?” link on the left and type in “sunday”

Most library services have their own websites with more detailed information – click on the names of the boroughs listed below to find out more.