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Central London Libraries

If you need a quite place to work or would like to use WiFi without feeling obliged to buy something then head to a library. All public libraries in central London have free WiFi and PC’s with internet access.

In general, anyone can read the books, magazines and newspapers and use the free WiFi at London libraries. If you want to borrow books you need to become a member.

To use the PC’s, you usually need to be a member. Any UK resident can become a guest member with proof of residence. If you’re visiting London from outside the UK you need to show your passport.

Library facilities

Most London libraries offer the following facilities:

  • Fiction & Non-fiction books to borrow
  • Reference books & directories
  • Free WiFi
  • PC’s free for 1 hour per day
  • UK national newspapers
  • Photocopiers
  • Printing
  • Scanning

Opening hours

The majority of libraries are open Monday to Saturday.

Charing Cross, Pancras Square, Pimlico, Marylebone and Chelsea libraries are open on Sundays. Check the times on their websites before visiting. Some are only open Sunday afternoon.

The City of London libraries are mainly open Monday–Friday apart from the Barbican library which is open on Saturday as well.

Scroll down to the bottom to see all central London libraries on a map.

West End

Westminster Reference Library (Westminster)

35 St Martin’s St
London
WC2H 7HP
Tube station: Leicester Square
Website

Charing Cross Library (Westminster)

4-6 Charing Cross Rd
London
WC2H 0HF
Tube station: Leicester Square
Website

Holborn Library (Camden)

32-38 Theobold’s Rd
London
WC1X 8PA
Tube station: Holborn/Russell Square
Website

Mayfair Library (Westminster)

25 South Audley St
London
W1K 2PB
Tube station: Green Park/Marble Arch
Website

King’s Cross

Pancras Square Library (Camden)

5 Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG
Tube station: King’s Cross St Pancras
Website

Paddington & Marylebone

Marylebone Library (Westminster)

Macintosh House
54 Beaumont St
London
W1G 6DW
Tube station: Baker St/Regent’s Park
Website

Paddington Library (Westminster)

Porchester Rd
London
W2 5DU
Tube station: Royal Oak/Bayswater
Website

Victoria

Victoria Library (Westminster)

160 Buckingham Palace Rd
London
SW1W 9UD
Tube station: Victoria
Website

Pimlico Library (Westminster)

Pimlico Academy
Lupus St
London
SW1V 3AT
Tube station: Pimlico
Website

Kensington & Earl’s Court

Brompton Library (Kensington & Chelsea)

210 Old Brompton Rd
London
SW5 0BS
Tube station: Earl’s Court
Website

Kensington Central Library (Kensington & Chelsea)

Phillimore Walk
London
W8 7RX
Tube station: High St Kensington
Website

The City

Anyone can use the PC’s at City of London libraries. You don’t have to be a library member.

Barbican Library (City of London)

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS
Tube station: Barbican
Website

Shoe Lane Library (City of London)

Little Hill House
Little New St
London
EC4A 3JR
Tube station: Chancery Lane
Website

Artizan Street Library (City of London)

1 Artisan St
London
E1 7AF
Tube station: Liverpool St/Aldgate
Website

Chelsea

Chelsea Library (Kensington & Chelsea)

Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road
London
SW3 5EZ
Tube station: Sloane Square tube then 13 minute walk or bus
Website

Notting Hill

Notting Hill Gate library (Kensington & Chelsea)

1 Pembridge Square
Notting Hill
London
W2 4EW
Tube station: Notting Hill Gate tube
Website