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Libraries in London

Libraries have moved on from the antiquated old places with 'No Talking' signs I remember as a child. Our local library is a modern building that has wifi access, all the local and international papers, music CDs and DVDs for hire, computer games, talking books, language courses and computer terminals, as well as books!

Books are normally free to borrow though you often have to pay a charge for music CDs, films and games though this is normally considerably cheaper than renting from a DVD shop and the loan time is often longer, normally three days.

There are also reading clubs, computer clubs and other events for young children, check the website of your local library to see what's on.

Also note that all of the above is free! Not a bad way to keep the kids busy for a few hours.

Many boroughs have a website supporting their library services, allowing you to join online, check the availability of items and reserve them if available.

If you have older children there are also a number of specilaist libraries in London covering subjects such as poetry and zoology.

There are 228 libraries in London, so we have grouped them together into the regions of London. See the links below to browse the libraries in each region.

Barnet

East Finchley Library
Things to do with kids East Finchley Library London Local library that even has it's own users group . Offers a wide range of family activities includin...

Bexley

Thamesmead Library
No details currently available

Brent

Cricklewood Library
No details currently available

Bromley

Mottingham Library
Anyone can join the library if they can provide proof of address and signature.

Camden

The British Library
Entrance to British Library With exhibits on the Nobel prize, Mozart and Hans Christian Anderson, all of which are available onl...

City of London

Camomile Street Library
This library will close to the public for the last time 5.30pm Friday 4 March. Plans for temporary l...

City of Westminster

Paddington Library
Kids Storytelling in London - Paddington Library The recently refurbished Paddington Children?s Library is almost unique in being a dedicated childre...

Croydon

New Addington Library
No details currently available

Ealing

Hanwell Library
To join a library and borrow books is free - just visit your local branch and fill in an application...

Enfield

Enfield Local History
Appointments are essential# particularly for those intending to use the microfilm reader. Accommodat...

Greenwich

Woolwich library
Anyone who lives# works or studies in Greenwich can join Greenwich library services and use any of i...

Hackney

CLR James Dalston Library
Public library service open to all.

Hammersmith and Fulham

Shepherds Bush Library
No details currently available

Haringey

Muswell Hill Library
No details currently available

Hounslow

Isleworth Library
No details currently available

Islington

Lewis Carroll Library
Family Activities in Islington London - Lewis Carroll Library The Lewis Carroll Children's Library opened in Copenhagen Street on 6 November 2008 and offers a wid...

Kensington and Chelsea

Notting Hill Gate Library
Joining the library is simple. You will need to fill in the membership form and provide two forms of...

Kingston upon Thames

Kingston Library
Without being a member# you can visit any library in Kingston and read books# newspapers or magazine...

Lambeth

West Norwood Library
It's free to join but you need to show proof of name and current address.

Lewisham

Lewisham Central Library
Anyone who lives# works or studies in the 33 London boroughs. You must complete a registration form ...

Merton

Donald Hope Library
Musical Mayhem for Kids - Donald Hope Library We run a number of regular activities for children and parents:Mondays - 10am-10.45am - Musical ...

Newham

Stratford Library
These are public libraries. Proof of name and address is necessary for membership and borrowing. Acc...

Redbridge

Redbridge Central Library
No details currently available

Richmond upon Thames

East Sheen Library
No details currently available

Southwark

Nunhead Library
Nunhead library is a gem in South-East London. It is children focused as the main area is dedicated ...

Tower Hamlets

Idea Store Bow
Joining the library service is easy and free.All you need to do is: Visit one of our libraries# or I...

Waltham Forest

Walthamstow Library
Walthamstow Library - Kids and Parents Activities Newly developed library that has a childrens book section and runs a number of learning based activi...

Wandsworth

Alvering Library
This library is apparently due to close. See here

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