Changes to libraries service due to coronavirus

Wednesday 21 October 2020.

Askew Road Library will be closed on Thursday 22 October, Friday 23 October and Friday 30 October because staff have been temporarily relocated in order to maintain critical services.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this closure.

Our other sites, Fulham, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush Libraries are all still open but services are limited.

You can now visit our libraries for browsing, to use a computer and for photocopying. 

What will be different?

  • Our opening hours will be slightly different to normal, please check our individual library pages for opening times. 
  • Numbers for entry to our buildings will be restricted and you may need to queue before entry into the building if we reach maximum numbers.
  • There may be delays to PC use as we have had to take a lot out of action to ensure social distancing. Fulham Library for example will only have 11 or 12 adult and 4 children’s PCs instead of 25 adult and 6 children’s. To help with this we are only allowing a maximum of 1 hour use with no extensions.
  • There will be no physical newspapers or magazines but these can be accessed via our online resources.
  • There will be no activities or events in the libraries for children or adults and no study facilities will be available.

Select and Collect

Our Select and Collect service ended on Saturday 12 September and you can now reserve and collect books as normal.


Library members can now reserve books and other items from our libraries via the online library catalogue or in person at our libraries.

Home library service

The home library delivery driver will deliver your items to your door wearing personal protective equipment and maintaining social distancing at all times for the safety of our customers and staff.

If you can't get to your local library because of illness, disability, frailty or caring responsibilities and are not already using this service, why not send us an email to the address below to see if you qualify.

Library returns

You can return your library items to any of our sites.  

Loans and charges

Old charges can now be paid at the library.

Online resources

E-books, e-magazines, e-papers and audiobooks are still available online.

Online library events

Find out about our online library events.

Local studies & archives

The local studies & archives service is currently closed. Please email for further information.