Westminster's libraries and archives are great locations for a broadcast, documentary or film segment, and each site has its own unique atmosphere and style. We are happy to try to accommodate the requirements of film crews and location scouts looking to film in Westminster.
See the different locations and contact the library manager to enquire.
The charge for filming in a library is £150 per hour or part thereof, during opening hours. The best way to pay is by credit card to a staff member before filming begins. Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer; the library staff will give you the appropriate reference number and code. We can invoice you if the filming is over several days.
There will be an additional charge where the library or archives are involved in the making of the show (eg reality TV), as opposed to a segment of film to be part of another broadcast.
We are happy to accommodate news crews and documentary-makers who want to produce items specifically about Westminster City Council or the council’s library or archives service. We wouldn’t generally charge for this as long as:
In these cases either the communications team or the Tri-borough Director of Libraries and Archives must agree in advance to waive the fee. In addition the following criteria must be met:
If your item is about libraries in general (rather than Westminster specifically) and you want to use a library as a backdrop we will require payment. If it is very last minute you can pay by credit card. Please do not put pressure on our staff to waive the fee in these cases.