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A list of Libraries in Central London run by Westminster City Council with address, phone number, email and opening hours. Some have restricted opening hours, others are closed on Sunday.

If you are looking to get out of the cold or wet, or just want to read a book and have a bit of peace and quiet, libraries are a good bet. Most have toilets, some have power points, many have free WiFi, many also have computers that are free to use for one hour per day. (registration required that needs some form of ID) Additional charges apply over that time period.

TIP: Anybody can go into a Library, they are for the General Public, but many have notices about large amounts of baggage and things like personal hygiene and general behaviour such as no smoking and no alcohol. So make an effort on the appearance front before going into such places, otherwise you will not be allowed in or will be told to leave. They also seem to be particularly strict on people falling asleep in the Library for some reason and again will wake you up a few times but will eventually ask you to leave… so be warned. This varies from library to library but it´s something to be aware of. These places are a blessing especially in Winter. You will probably meet other people in a similar situation as yourself.

I´ve used and still use quite a few of these Libraries during the week for study and research purposes nowadays, but each one is different, you will find some are quieter than others.

Charing Cross Library

Address 4 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HF
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email charingcrosslibrary@westminster.gov.uk
chineseservice@westminster.gov.uk
Opening times

Day Opening hours
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 10.30am to 2pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm

Church Street Library

Address 67 Church Street, London, NW8 8EU
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email churchstreetlibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

Mayfair Library

Address 25 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2PB
Telephone / Fax 020 7641 6200 / 020 7641 4901
Email mayfairlibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday 10.30am to 2pm
Sunday Closed

Little Venice Sports Centre Library

Address 10 Crompton Street London W2 1ND
Phone 020 7641 6200
Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday to Friday 9am to 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5.30pm

Maida Vale Library

Address Sutherland Avenue, London, W9 2QT
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email maidavalelibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

Marylebone Library (Proposed Redevelopment)

Address Macintosh House, 54 Beaumont Street, London, W1G 6DW
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email marylebonelibrary@westminster.gov.uk
referencelibrarynw1@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday 9.30am to 8pm
Friday 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 5pm

Paddington Library

Address Adult: Porchester Road, London, W2 5DU
Children’s: 150 Queensway, W2 6GD
Phone / Fax 020 7641 6200 / 020 7641 4471
Email paddingtonlibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Adult library Children’s library
Monday 9.30am to 10pm 9.30am to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 9pm 9.30am to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Wednesday 10am to 9pm 10pm to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 10pm 9.30am to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 10pm 9.30am to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm 9.30am to midday/1pm to 5.30pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm Closed

Pimlico Library

Address Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3EY
Phone / Fax 020 7641 6200 / 020 7641 2980
Email pimlicolibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main library
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 5pm

Queens Park Library

Address 666 Harrow Road, London, W10 4NE
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email queensparklibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

St John´s Wood Library

Address 20 Circus Road, London, NW8 6PD
Phone 020 7641 6200 / 020 7641 5089
Email stjohnswoodlibrary@westminster.gov.uk
Opening hours

Day Main library
Monday 9.30am to 7pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 8pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday 11.30am to 3pm

Victoria Library

Address 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9UD
Phone 020 7641 6200
Email victorialibrary@westminster.gov.uk musiclibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Opening hours

Day Main Library
Monday 9.30am to 8pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 9.30am to 7pm
Friday 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

Westminster Music Library

Address 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9UD
Phone 020 7641 6200 (press 3)
Email musiclibrary@westminster.gov.uk

Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday Closed

Westminster Reference Library

Address 35 St. Martin’s Street, London, WC2H 7HP
Phone 020 7641 6200 (press 2)
Email referencelibrarywc2@westminster.gov.uk

Opening hours

Day Opening times
Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10

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