Whilst Westminster’s libraries are temporarily closed, you can keep your family entertained with a wealth of free resources available online. eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eAudiobooks can all be accessed for free with your Westminster library card, including special eResources for children and young people.
If you’re not already a member of a Westminster library, you can join online and access these free resources straight away.
The Virtual Music School is a brand-new online resource from the Tri-borough Music Hub, offering tutorial videos, sheet music and backing tracks and more to help your child progress their musical skills from home. To access the hub as an existing user or to sign up today
There are a number of free public libraries based across Westminster offering a wide range of services, activities and events for people of all ages and different needs. Read this page for an introduction to some of the work they do for the local community.
To access some services you may need to become a member. This is free and can be done either online, or in person at your local library.
Services for Children Under 5
All libraries offer sessions for children under five, including stroytime, rhymes, singing, arts and crafts. Children with all levels of need and backgrounds are welcome to attend. These are drop-ins. There is no need to be a library member or to register in advance.
For details of when these sessions take place, please visit the Westminster Libraries website.
Westminster libraries work with Book Start to offer free-gifting of books to young children recognising the fact that it's never too early to start reading. These packs are offered when your child is aged 8 months and again at age 3 years and can be made available in special sensory-friendly formats on request. Speak to your health visitor or member of library staff if you would like to receive a pack.
Homework and Study Support
Many libraries offer homework clubs open to children (aged 7-13 years) to drop-in and make use of the library's facilities and on-hand support to complete their homework. Any child is welcome to attend, regardless of their need.
To participate, the child and their parent / guardian will need to complete a form which will be available from your local library.
For information on the homework clubs in the borough, please visit the Westminster Libraries website.
Westminster libraries also offer free access to IXL, a study platform that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English for children in reception up to year 13. The website is designed to keep children engaged with their learning by providing fun awards. It also provides parents/guardians with detailed reports on their children’s progress. For more information, please speak to staff at your local library.
Clubs for Children and Young People
A wide variety of events for children and young people of all needs and abilities happen at Westminster libraries. Ask at the library for information on the different clubs and activities that are available, including:
- Coding club - sharpen your computer skills with a fun course in programming
- Lego Club - come and get creative building with our stocks of Lego
- Chess Club - improve your skills, make new friends and have fun!
- Board Games Club - enjoy playing a variety of games
- Arts & crafts - come and make use of our art materials and resources.
- Summer Reading Challenge - why not participate in this fun reading challenge to make new friends and talk about the books you enjoy?
Computer and Internet Facilities
You can use computers and access the internet at any of Westminster's local libraries. Ask a member of library staff if you need help either using the computer or finding something particular online.
Home Library Service
If you or your child have a disability which impairs your ability to get to the library, you may benefit from the home library service. With this service, a member of library staff will visit up to one every three weeks to help you access their catalogue of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more.
For more information on the Home Library Service, please click here.
You can download the MyLibrary App for faster access to services and the ability to download free audiobooks and e-books on the go. For more information, please click here.
List of Libraries
Please see below for a list of libraries in the borough:
- Church Street Library
- Paddington Children's Library
- St John's Wood Library
- Charing Cross Library
- Mayfair Library
- Victoria Library
- Maida Vale Library
- Marylebone Library
- Little Venice Sports Centre Library
- Pimlico Library
- Queen's Park Library
- Express Library
If you want to contact a specific library, you can find their contact details by clicking on the library in the list above.
Otherwise you can contact Westminster Libraries using the following details:
Visit the website: www.westminster.gov.uk/introduction-westminster-libraries
Last Updated 03/06/2020