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Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the upcoming events section or browse through the guide to find events at your local library, including regulars such as book groups and rhyme time sessions. Westminster City Archives also holds regular events.

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View opening times and contact details for all Westminster libraries. Find out about holiday and other closure dates.

1. Upcoming events

Ongoing events, news and exhibitions

Special events and news

2. Charing Cross Library

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Charing Cross Library is 70!

Charing Cross Library has been open for 70 years and to celebrate we have some amazing events in November and December.

Charing Cross Library's 70th birthday exhibition

Monday 26 November to Friday 14 December.

As part of our 70th birthday celebrations, we will host an exhibition of original photographic material detailing the history of this unique public library and cultural space.

Free entry.

Charing Cross Library is 70 - birthday party

Monday 10 December, 6pm to 7.45pm.

Join us for an evening full of entertainment to help us celebrate our 70th birthday.

  • 6pm to 6.30pm: Music from the East

A performance of traditional Chinese dance and Guzheng music courtesy of the Han Culture Association in London.

  • 6.30pm to 7.10pm: The Lore of Tea

A talk on the traditional art of Chinese tea brewing, performance and tea tasting by Ms Weibo Jiang, Chinese National Certificate on Advance Tea Art and fine wines broker and educator.

  • 7.10pm to 7.40pm: traditional Chinese tea tasting
  • 7.10pm to 7.30pm: Pingshu: the traditional art of Chinese storytelling by Mr Zhang.
  • 7.30pm to 7.45pm: a library through time

Discover the colourful history and secrets of number 4 Charing Cross Road.

The times are approximate as some of the events may overrun.

All events are free, but booking in advance is essential. To book a place, contact Charing Cross Library

Cantonese Christmas party for children

Sunday 16 December, 1.45pm to 4pm.

Join Ceci from the Rainbowseeds School for a special Christmas party. There will be 2 parties for younger and older children:

  • 1.45pm to 2.45pm for the under 5s
  • 2.45pm to 4pm for children aged 5 to 8

There will be lots of activities such as group games, crafts, songs, videos and a lucky dip.

Both parties are free but spaces are limited; RSVP by Sunday 9 December by completing this form

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Chatterbooks reading group Second Tuesday of the month, 4.15pm to 5.15pm For children aged 6 to 11. Read more about Chatterbooks
Play Cantonese Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese
Cantonese and Mandarin lessons Saturday, 10.30am to 2pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm Suitable for children aged 3 to 17 years old. For more information, prices and to book contact Miss Chan on 07886 575 467
Chinese parent and child group Monthly on Sunday For more information contact Dr Lingjie Wang by email
lingjiewang@hotmail.com

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date  Information
Healthy lifestyle checks Monday, 12pm to 2.30pm Free health checks by the Westminster Health Improvement Team. No need to book a place, just turn up
 
Learn Mandarin Monday, 6pm to 7.30pm Contact Charing Cross Library for more information and to confirm dates
Union Dance Autumn Residency Sessions Monday, 7.30pm to 9pm £3 per day / £1 concessions. Free for those living and working in Westminster and for young people (16 years upwards). Text Corrine on 07976557415 or email for more information and to confirm times.
Action on Hearing Loss drop-in session Monthly on Tuesday, 11am to 2pm Free one to one sessions with the largest charity in the UK for people with hearing loss. Share your concerns and hearing loss checks are available. Next dates: Tuesday 14 August, Tuesday 11 September and Tuesday 9 October 2018.
Traditional Chinese painting classes 

Tuesday, 11am to 4pm (with a break for lunch)

Saturday, 11am to 1pm

5 classes of traditional Chinese landscape painting starting Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Ten classes of traditional Chinese painting of flowers and birds starting Saturday 3 March 2018.

For more information about fees, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997

Beautiful Life Chinese reading group Monthly on Friday For more information contact the group's organiser by email yoyochen082010@gmail.com
Painting workshops by London Mandarin Arts Saturday and Sunday afternoons Art classes for people with no previous experience; you will be to complete a picture in an afternoon. For more information, contact London Mandarin Arts
Chinese London Reading Club Monthly This is a lively and friendly Chinese language group which meets once a month for reading discussions. For more information contact the organiser, Ms Bai by email aihaoshu@gmail.com

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Reading Zone picture book workshop

Saturday 8 December, 11am to 12.30pm.

Saturday 15 December, 11am to 12.30pm.

Come and make your very own picture book at our workshop. Meet illustrator Mini Gray and Caroline Hom who will support you with your unique creation and the finished book.

You can also enter it into a competition taking place in January.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Games club Monday, 4.30pm to 6.00pm We play a variety of traditional board games as well as having fun on our Playstation 4! No booking required. For ages 5+
Story time Tuesday, 4.10pm to 4.45pm Storytelling and a craft activity; suitable for children aged 2 to 6.
French club  Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher.

The Tuesday club is for post-beginners and the Wednesday club is for beginners.

Booking essential.

Read to me  Every Wednesday, 3.45pm to 5.15pm Volunteers are available to listen to your child read during 15 minute sessions. Suitable for children aged 6 to 9 to years old. Contact Church Street Library to sign up. 
Homework club Thursday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Little painters Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A free arty group for 2-4 year olds. Booking not required, just come along!
Lego Club Friday, 4.30-5.30pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required. For ages 5+
Scratch computer coding club Saturday, 12.30pm to 1.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential, contact Church Street Library

Regular events for adults

For any of these sessions other than the CV and employment drop-in and IT drop-in sessions (all on Mondays), speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Look on the health events page for details.
English speaking club Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, midday to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
IT drop in sessions Monday, 1.30pm to 5pm and Friday, 2pm to 5pm Help with using Word, Excel, email, the internet and completing online forms. We can also help with how to write a CV and search for jobs.
Employment advice session Tuesday 10am to 1pm Are you looking for work? Free advice and support sessions by CityWest Homes for Westminster residents. To book a place call Esther on 07775 027 595
Shared reading group Tuesday, 12pm to 1pm

Find out more on the book groups website

Advice plus session Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August)

Drop in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, and council tax. Doors open at 10am and available slots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

Free health MOTs for residents Friday, 1pm to 4.30pm Book an appointment or drop in. Call Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk.
Bengali women's reading and writing group Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am Contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page.
Reading group Meets monthly on Friday Find out more on the book groups website.
Knitting group Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm All experience levels are welcome.
IT, ES

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

The big book sale

Saturday 15 December.

Grab yourself a bargain at our sale of ex-library stock, including adult and children’s books and DVDs.

Santa’s lost and found

Saturday 15 to Monday 24 December.

Santa has lost some Christmassy things around the library. Find them all for a chance to win a cuddly toy.

Free to enter, pop into the library anytime.

Design a greetings card

Saturday 15 to Monday 24 December.

Show off your artistic skills by creating your own greetings card. All entries will be displayed in the library. Plus, the best card will win a chocolate surprise.

Free, pop into the library anytime.

Help make a mural

Monday 17 December, 4pm.

Join us in making a festive mural that will be displayed in the children's library.

Snow Queen drama workshop

Tuesday 18 December, 4pm.

Take part in an exciting children's drama workshop hosted by Perform who use a unique mix of drama, dance and singing to bring out every child's true potential.

Free, booking in advance is required. To book a place, contact Maida Vale Library.

Note: parents/guardians will need to stay on site during the workshop.

Crafty creations

Wednesday 19 December, 4pm.

Get creative making your own cards and decorations. Free, no need to book - just turn up.

Christmas parties for the under 5s

Tuesday 18 and Friday 21 December, 10.30am.

With Christmas songs and rhymes and a gift from Santa himself.

£3 per child and limited places available. To book a place, contact Maida Vale Library.

Unless specified, children of all ages are welcome at our events but younger children may need the help of an adult for some activities.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Sessions for under 5s Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am; third Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. These sessions will start again from Friday 5 January 2018. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday and Friday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Careers advice sessions Every Monday, 10am to 4pm

Get free advice on writing a CV, job search techniques and interview preparation. These sessions are run by the National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm).

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

Meet the Westbourne Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team

First Monday of the month, 4pm to 5pm

Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 1pm to 2pm

 

No need to book, just turn up

The session on Saturday 22 December 2018 will not take place.

Share a Book group Wednesday, 10.30am to 12pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up.

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

I.T. help with tea and cakes

Friday 11 January, 2pm to 4pm.

Tired of having to ask your loved ones with help using digital devices? Are you a senior citizen looking to develop your digital skills. Would you like to learn how to use them more effectively in a relaxed atmosphere with tea and cake? Please bring along your mobile, laptop, iPad etc - so that you can receive one to one tutoring with your own device.

This is a free event. To book your place contact Steve Spavin from AgeUK Westminster by phone 020 3004 5610 or by email:
Stephen.Spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Regular events for children

Regular events for children are run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Chatterbooks reading group Third Monday of the month, 4 to 5pm Read more about Chatterbooks
Tiny tots

Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am

Read more about sessions for under 5s
Story time Friday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm Story time for children aged 3+
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!
Board games and Lego club Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 4pm A fun club for children from 5 to 10 years old.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Monday, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Arabic playgroup for the under 5s Last Monday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am PlayArabic is a playgroup that encourages spoken Arabic, through songs, music and
play. For more information, email: PlayArabic2018@gmail.com 
Under 5s sessions Tuesday, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Lego club Friday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required, just turn up.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday

Read more about reading groups

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

7. Paddington Library

View Paddington library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Christmas carols and festive magic

Thursday 20 December, 6pm to 7pm.

Christmas is near! Join us for an evening of festive magic at the library. Help us decorate the Christmas tree, try your hand at craft activities, but most of all join in singing the wonderful selection of carols - accompanied by Stuart on his keyboard.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Homework club Monday and Friday, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler toy time Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A chance for parents and carers of toddlers aged one and above to meet, mingle and make new friends. With toys and colouring to keep your toddlers entertained.
English club Saturday, 2pm to 3pm Using IXL, an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English. The English and maths clubs are suitable for children in Year 1 and up to Year 13.
 
Maths club Saturday, 3pm to 4.30pm
Lego club First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm to 3.30pm Club for 5 to 12 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
"Share a book" group Monday, 2pm to 4pm and Thursday, 6pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a member of staff or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
CV help session Tuesday, 10am to 5pm These sessions are run by the   National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment, call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm).
Seniors online IT class Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm Open Age run both a beginners and intermediate course. To book a place on either course, contact Paddington Library.
Improve your English, improve your health course Tuesday, 2pm to 4.30pm until Tuesday 13 March This is run by Open Age. For more information, speak to a member of library staff. To book a place, call Maude on 020 8962 5590, or Russell on 020 8962 5583, or email mail@openage.org.uk
Stop smoking Wednesday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm Kick It Stop Smoking specialists offer carbon monoxide testing and free one-to-one sessions for advice and support in giving up smoking.
Readers' group Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Community health event Last Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Please see publicity in the library for further details.
Go online - beginners' IT training Friday, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Knitting and crochet group Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 5pm to 7pm This group is for absolute beginners and those that would like to improve their knitting or crochet skills.
Free health checks Saturday 10am to 3pm Do you live in or are you registered with a GP in Westminster? Get a free 30 minute healthy lifestyle check and set your new health improvement goals. Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and health promotion advice. Just turn up, or book an appointment by calling 020 7563 6217 or emailing hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk
English conversation group Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Christmas party for the under 5s

Monday 17 December, 10.30am to 11.30am.

Christmas songs, stories and a visit from someone very special...!

Tickets are £3 per child and only a limited number of places available. To book a place, contact Pimlico Library

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place in term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Monday, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Stories, rhymes and crafts Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesday, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.
Junior Chess Club Every Monday, 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Term time only Free, no booking required. Improve your chess skills - Make new friends and have fun! - All abilities welcome Junior Chess Club is back by popular demand! The sessions are provided by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), and run by CSC coaches with DBS clearance. Children will receive 15 minutes of coaching followed by 1 hour of play with coaching support.

 

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
CV Advice Tuesday from 10am to 4pm

One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.

Contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library) by emailing ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk. Call 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
English conversation club Saturday, 10am to midday during term time Are you interested in improving your practical English conversation? Join for free, no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, so confirm with the library beforehand. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Jewellery exhibition and sale

Saturday 15 December, 1pm to 5pm.

A free exhibition, showcasing different jewellery-making skills, and an opportunity to purchase unique handmade jewellery. An ideal opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts.

Free festive food and refreshments will be available.

Get creative for Christmas

Saturday 15 December, 2.45pm to 4.45pm.

Make your own Christmas decorations, create homemade Christmas cards and decorate (and eat!) Christmas cookies. This is a fun, practical workshop for children of all ages and their parents/carers.

This is a free event and advance booking is essential. To book a place contact Queen's Park Library.

Helping people who have been out of work

Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Are you over 19, unemployed or on JSA? Interested in exploring your options for training or employment? Find out more with our Employment Advisor, who can help with creating a CV, training opportunities and more.

Drop in or make an appointment by calling Shah Alam on 020 7266 8254.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated. Children can join these after-school clubs with a registration form signed by a parent or guardian - fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time and date Information
Rhyme time for under 5s Monday and Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s
IXL Club Maths and English Wednesday 4pm to 5pm (except school holidays) All ages. We are using IXL Maths and English. Offering great support and lots of fun, come along!
Lego club Friday during term time, 4pm to 5pm A fun club for kids age 5 to 11. Bring your imagination, make Lego creations and new friends. No need to book, just turn up.
 

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Creative writing group Second Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.30pm

Read more about the Queen's Park creative writing group

The next meeting will be on Monday 10 December 2018.

The theme for this month's session will be: 'I, tennis ball'. We will be writing from the point of view of a tennis ball, fancy coming over for a match?

Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club Tuesday 11.30am to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
Basic computer session Thursday, 11.30am to 1.30pm Do you need any email help with using Microsoft Word, sending emails or searching the internet? Then we can help. No need to book, just drop-in.
Meet your local police officers Thursday, 1pm to 2pm The  Queen's Park Safer Neighbourhood Team are available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety issues.
Jewellery making class Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Free class where you can learn how to make bracelets, necklaces and more from wire and beads. Bring your own beads or you can buy some from the class teacher for £2. No need to book, just turn up. Beginners welcome. The date of the next class is: Thursday 13 September 2018.

10. St John's Wood Library

View St John's Wood library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Get creative for Christmas

Saturday 15 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Make your own Christmas decorations, create homemade Christmas cards and decorate (and eat!) Christmas cookies. This is a fun, practical workshop for children and their parents/carers.

One parent/ carer per to 2 children.

This is a free event, to book a place contact St John's Wood Library

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are held in term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Storytime Monday, 10.15am to 11am Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm. Booking required. Teaching children programming by making computer games, animations and websites, following the program at Code Studio. Offering great support and fun for all ages.
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.15am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm (just come along) Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Japanese rhyme time for the under 5s Third Thursday of the month, 11.30am to 12pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Chess club Thursday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Maths club Friday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Family history group Third Monday of the month, 11am to 12pm Free monthly meeting with refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. If you would like to look at something in particular, contact St John's Wood Library
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
CityWest Homes drop in surgery Wednesday, 10am to 12pm Advice for tenants and lessees
IT drop-in session Wednesday 2pm to 4pm Delivered by WAES, jointly funded by the councillors for Abbey Road and Regent's Park wards. You must be a resident of these wards to attend and you will be asked to record what you have learned each week. Sessions are free; no booking is required, but places are given on a first come, first served basis.
Book club First Wednesday of the month Read more about our book clubs
English conversation club Thursday, 10am to midday

Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.
                                      

Chair yoga Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery First Saturday of the month, 10am to 12pm Drop in session. Get some help with your portable IT problems and woes. This session is free and there is no need to book.

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Italian story, play and rhyme time Friday, 11am to 12pm Weekly playgroup for children under the age of 4 - with stories and rhymes in Italian. £3 donation per session. No need to book, just come along.
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am

Make something new every week. Suitable for children of all ages.

Starts Saturday 5 January 2019.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Women's only exercise session Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm

A mixture of tai chi and yoga. For more information and to book a free place, call or text Roxy on 07483 172 128

This group will next meet on Monday 10 September 2018.

Writers' group First Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.15pm Read more about the Victoria writers' group
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
Housing advice Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm

Free sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice for any housing-related query you may have. Slots are allocated on a first come first served basis, speak to a member of library when you arrive.

Upcoming sessions:

  • 25 September
  • 9 October
  • 23 October
  • 6 November
  • 20 November
  • 4 December
Book group Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Last Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Read about previous events on Books and the City.

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Special events

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Regular events

Event Time and date Information
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Monday, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt advice session Every other Tuesday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Free 40-minute sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice and, if necessary, further appointments for follow-up work.

Bookings can only be made in person on the day at 12.30pm, for a maximum of 5 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Speak to staff to book your free 30-minute session on using email, booking tickets or shopping online, completing forms and applications online, using the online library and Westminster libraries' online resources, using Microsoft Office, and using smartphones, kindles and tablets.
Social group for adults who live in Westminster with Asperger syndrome First Thursday of the month, 5pm to 7pm For further information email assistlondon@nas.org.uk  or call 020 8962 3015.
Salon for the City: London at the library Last Thursday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Event series taking a look at London through a different lens each month. For more information, visit the Salon for the City website.
   

 

 

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. 

View library contact details and opening hours

Arts Territory Exchange Archive Tour

Friday 16 November to Saturday 15 December.

The Arts Territory Exchange works with artists in remote locations across the world, pairing them in creative correspondences and organising exhibitions and events.

The current archive tour is curated by Art Language Location and consists of various artist's books, images and artefacts, an index box containing documentation from artist exchanges and views from artists' home or studio windows, also a soundwork entitled Fictional Territories created by 2 collaborating artists Didi Hock in Germany and Kim Goldsmith in Australia.

Space hire

Interested in hiring the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library? For further information, including the full terms and conditions of hire please contact the library

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 14 December 2018
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