Formed in 1998, the Friends of West Hampstead Library (FoWHL) is a community organisation consisting of around 700 library users – mostly local residents but also people who work in West Hampstead or are passing through.
Our main aim is to ensure that, at a time of deep cuts in council budgets, the library remains open, and continues to provide the level of core services that library users need and want, and which local residents fund through their council tax.
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
FoWHL celebrates its 20th anniversary
Present tense, future perfect?
Join the celebrations and the debate at our AGM on February 15, and find out more about the work and findings of the government's Libraries Taskforce.
West Hampstead, we can all agree, is changing.
At the same time the public realm is under great strain.
So how can West Hampstead Library adapt to the changing realities that surround us?
Can the library continue to serve the community?
And if so, how can we, as a community, get the most out of this precious landmark building in our midst?
These are the questions that we will be discussing at the Annual General Meeting of FoWHL on Thursday, February 15, starting at 7.30pm.
And to get that debate started, we have invited Sheila Bennett from the government's Libraries Taskforce to share with us some of the ideas currently in circulation concerning the future of Britain's public libraries.
Also in attendance, we hope, will be representatives from Camden Council and Camden Libraries, representatives of our local community associations, our local councillors, plus all the candidates in the forthcoming local elections.
Also that evening we will be holding a short AGM and celebrating the 20th anniversary of FoWHL. Yes, it is 20 years since the Friends group was first established, back in 1998.
So there will be cake, and wine... but most important of all, a lively debate offering you a chance to voice your opinions.
Download a flier for the event here.
Meet Libby – and start reading
Did you know that as well as thousands of books, journal, CDs and DVDs, West Hampstead Library now has a selection of e-books and audiobooks available for you, at no charge?
All you need is a Camden Libraries ticket, and an app called Libby.
Once you have signed in as a West Hampstead Library user, you can download the books instantly, using whichever device suits you best.
Click here to learn more
And when you have tried it, please let us know how you got on, and what you think.
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk