Best Libraries in London

Locals’ favourite places

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1. The British Library
96 Euston Rd
160local recommendations
Piers
Piers says “The permanent collection here is fantastic -- there's a Gutenberg bible, a Magna Carta and a load of...” ·
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2. Peckham Library
122 Peckham Hill St
17local recommendations
Jonathon
Jonathon says “Worth a visit for its stupendous architecture (the view looking out towards London from the 3rd floo...” ·
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3. Shepherds Bush Library
6 Wood Ln
7local recommendations
Kristina
Kristina says “One of the most exciting and innovative libraries in the country fitted out with the latest high tec...” ·
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4. Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
3local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “TimeOut (free) is available in the entrance from Tuesday, until they run out. The children's librar...”
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5. Idea Store Watney Market
260 Commercial Rd
5local recommendations
Jose
Jose says “Local library. It has a section with information about local events, theater and museums.” ·
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6. Clapham Library
4local recommendations
Rosie-Amber
Rosie-Amber says “Modern art gallery opposite the park” ·
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7. Pimlico Library
Lupus St
2local recommendations
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8. The British Postal Museum & Archive
Phoenix Pl
2local recommendations
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9. Dulwich Library
368 Lordship Ln
2local recommendations
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10. University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts
45-65 Peckham Rd
2local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “Just around the corner from my place ,some interesting local bars and cafes. Sometimes art exhibitio...”
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11. The London Library
14 St James's Square
2local recommendations
Oliver
Oliver says “The best private Library in London. Founded in 1841 with over 1 million books ! I'm a member and ca...” ·
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12. Southwark Local Studies Library
211 Borough High St
5local recommendations
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13. Fulham Library
598 Fulham Rd
2local recommendations
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14. Minet Library
52 Knatchbull Rd
3local recommendations
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15. Battersea Library
265 Lavender Hill
3local recommendations
Lucy
Lucy says “Great rainy day spot for children.”
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16. Maida Vale Library
Sutherland Ave
5local recommendations
Sara
Sara says “Short walk from my home, an attractive community library used mainly by the locals who enjoy the Rea...” ·
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17. Hampton Library
Rosehill
2local recommendations
Sue
Sue says “Consult reference books on the area, read the papers for free, use their computer and internet facil...”
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18. Idea Store
321 Whitechapel Rd
7local recommendations
Alejandro
Alejandro says “RIBA Award Winner 2006 - the IDEA STORE concept embodies a radical rethink of the old Public Library...” ·
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19. Catford Library
1 Catford Rd
3local recommendations
Edris
Edris says “Local library with WiFi access and a range of activities.” ·
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20. The Library at Willesden Green
95 High Rd
2local recommendations
Digibed_
Digibed_ says “Library open seven days a week at only 30 seconds from home! A spacious area to study or just to rea...”
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21. Idea Store
1 Roman Road
4local recommendations
Guido & Laura
Guido & Laura says “Great local facility, long opening hours, magazines and newspapers available, cafe inside.” ·
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22. Tate Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Rd
2local recommendations
Mary
Mary says “The Tate Streatham Library was built from money donated by Henry Tate (of whom the Tate Gallery and ...” ·
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23. Clapton Library
Northwold Rd
2local recommendations
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24. Hackney Central Library
1 Reading Ln
2local recommendations
Lisa
Lisa says “There's an open space to sit and play in the children's library.”
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25. Stoke Newington Library
182 Stoke Newington Church St
3local recommendations
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26. Wallington Library
Shotfield
2local recommendations
Verity
Verity says “Fantastic selection of books, magazines and newspapers. Photocopying, free computer use, hire of au...”
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27. Old Kent Road Library
168-170 Old Kent Rd
2local recommendations
Jan
Jan says “Useful local history section. Photo-copying and printing available. Good selection of Spanish litera...”
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28. Central Library
2 Fieldway Cres
2local recommendations
Olivia
Olivia says “Local information, books, DVDs, computer access”
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29. The Ronald Grant Archive
2 Dugard Way
3local recommendations
Sue
Sue says “Google cinema museum and find it. Very interestin”
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30. Primrose Hill Community Library
14 Sharples Hall St
3local recommendations
Kas
Kas says “Imagination sessions and musical workshops for children; pilates classes for adults; a garden in whi...” ·