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About Westminster libraries

All of our libraries offer free WiFi, computers for public use, events and activities and a wide range of other resources.

It's free to become a member and once you join, you will have access to the following:

Lending libraries

We offer over 1 million books and other resources, games, language courses and talking books. You can also find newspapers, magazines and local information.

Members can borrow up 20 books or magazines, 8 CDs, 8 DVDs, 8 audiobooks and 24 pieces of sheet music at one time, and can also download 10 audiobooks and 4 ebooks

All CDs are held at Charing Cross Library, but members can reserve items online to be delivered to their local library free of charge. You can also access free music online.

View information on all lending libraries

Specialist libraries

There are several specialist libraries that are available to all library members, including the Westminster Music Library, the Westminster Chinese Library and the Westminster Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Westminster Reference Library contains specialist subjects collections and they also have extensive resources to help with general enquiries.

Subject resources

We have special collections on subjects such as art and design, business, Chinese, education, health, law, music, performing arts and Sherlock Holmes.

Online resources

We also offer extensive services online in our 24/7 library such as book renewals, ebooks and online reference resources.

Home library service

The Home library service also provides services for those who are unable to get to a library.

Non-Westminster libraries

Your library card will also give you access to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham Council libraries. This means that you can make use of a full range of facilities at any of the 21 libraries across the 3 boroughs.

Free WiFi

Make use of free WiFi at our libraries: 

Click on 'WCC-LIBGUEST', and then "Connect" and accept the Westminster Council terms and conditions.

Westminster libraries solicitation policy

Stock selection for our libraries is managed by our contracted library supplier, Askews and Holts Library Services Ltd, based on clearly defined selection criteria. How to add a title to the Askews and Holts web based catalogue

Once the item has been added to the Askews and Holts catalogue, their selectors will assess to see if it meets our selection criteria and order accordingly. We do not purchase items for stock in response to direct solicitations from authors or publishers and will not engage in discussion about any solicitations received.

Last updated: 1 March 2018