Using the library
Membership and joining
Joining the library is free and easy to do, you can join online or in person. You will need to fill in a membership form and show us proof of name and address. Remember, all our libraries are self-service. Your library card is needed every time you visit the library and want to access our services; customers should use our self-service kiosks to borrow, renew or return items and pay library fees and charges.
Searching, renewing and reserving
Items can be reserved online using our regular reservation service online or by phone 020 7361 3610. Please note there is a £1.00 non refundable administration charge for reserved items.
All our usual online services are still available except that customers cannot collect any reserved items while our libraries are shut due to Covid-19.
Book return boxes are still available at all sites to return items and items are being renewed automatically for the time being.
Children’s library service
We offer a wide range of services for children and young adults, a fantastic selection of books as well as lots of events and activities.
Home library service
The home library service provides books and items for residents of the borough who can’t visit their local library because of illness, disability, frailty or caring responsibilities. We deliver once every three weeks.
Reference and information
Many reference and information resources are available online. All of our branch libraries have a quick reference section and supply national and local newspapers as well as a range of popular magazines. Shepherds Bush Library has a larger reference area to meet the high number of community enquiries it receives.
Computers in libraries
All our libraries provide computers for customer use which can be booked in advance. Internet, word processing and printing facilities are available.
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Code of conduct
Libraries solicitation policy
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