Formed in 1998, the Friends of West Hampstead Library (FoWHL) is a community organisation consisting of around 400 library users – mostly local residents but also people who work in West Hampstead or are passing through.
Our main aim is to ensure that the library remains open, as a library, and that, at a time of cuts, this core function is not subsumed by other activities in the building.
Like the library itself, membership of FoWHL is free. To become a FoWHL member and receive notice of all future events, or to send an email, click here
If you are not on email, keep an eye on the FoWHL noticeboard (by the lift, inside the library) or follow us on @FoWHLNW6
BECOME A FOWHL FIVER
FoWHL HAS launched the 'super duper' FoWHL FIVER campaign. All you have to do is jolly FIVE friends or neighbours (who live in Camden) to join West Hampstead library. All they have to do is call in at the library and join! It's as easy as that. Otherwise go on the Camden Libraries website, find the My Library section and go to Join Online.
WE will honour all FoWHL FIVERS with a mention on our noticeboard and on this website. 'There is no higher honour we can bestow,' says FoWHL chair, Simon Inglis. 'And your five enrollees (yes there is such a word) will be forever in your debt.'
Tickets are now available for FoWHL's next cracking event at West Hampstead Library. Linda Grant is one of Britain's greatest novelists - as well as being as a long-time resident of North London.
Entry to the event is free, but to be sure of your place, please book via Eventbrite.
For more information, click here.
FoWHL SHOWS OFF THE LIBRARY AND SIGNS UP 100 NEW MEMBERS !
FoWHL was out in force on Saturday April 22, handing out leaflets to tell the public about all the latest range of library services and encourage them to join both FoWHL and the library.
'It was a huge success,' says FoWHL Chair Simon Inglis. 'We signed up 100 people to FoWHL, gave out 250 leaflets, and got a dozen or so local residents to join the library on the day, with more to come. We also showed several people around. It was a great response, and proof that activities like this do help - so many locals still have never set foot inside the building.
Inglis added: 'It's amazing how many people we came across who have lived in West Hampstead for years but have no idea what's inside the library, or even that it exists.
'Today's leafleting exercise was aimed at introducing them to its delights, highlighting the fact that if you pay Council Tax in Camden, you have already paid for the 21,000 or so items that are in the library. We also found that there are still many locals who, whilst they love the library being there, have still not joined.'
He said: 'Even regular library users are not always aware that these days you can get foreign language movies from the library, and CDs, and language courses, and then online you get access to free books and a great range of websites that would otherwise charge, such as the OED, the Times Digital archive, Who's Who, www.ancestry.co.uk and loads more.
'A Camden library card is not only free but it really does offer a lot more than what you see on the shelves.'
Did you miss it? Meet up when FoWHL does it again in September. Watch this space.
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk