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Read stories of how different people have benefitted from using our libraries and archives.

Published on: 21 September 2022

Last updated: 23 September 2022

Mahbuba, Volunteers Manager for Westminster Libraries and Archives

[Libraries are] accessible for everyone, from cradle to grave.

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Mahbuba is wearing a headscarf and is seated, smiling and looking directly at the camera, in front of a wall of colourful children's books

I’ve got lots of favourite things, but I think an important one is meeting people from all parts of the world. I learn from them.

Libraries are a non-judgemental community place accessible for everyone, from cradle to grave, and a safe place. We welcome anyone and everyone regardless of their background, status, economic status, or political views. Everyone is welcome.

Libraries are a hub to get information about anything and everything. We have IT drop-in sessions that take place in our libraries. It’s open to everyone, even if they don’t know how to use a mouse. We are there to help you.

Libraries are information hubs, community hubs, the place to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds and with different feelings and opinions, and it only makes us love one another.

Libraries break down barriers, libraries have nice people, libraries help with reducing isolation, libraries help with gaining knowledge, improving quality of life, and improving life chances. You can tell how passionate I am. Libraries are wonderful things.