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.
Its 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) for news of events and meetings
OUR NEXT EVENT
Monday September 12 at 7.30pm
Kate Summerscale, author of the number one bestseller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, will be our guest, to discuss her latest book, The Wicked Boy - the Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer. Details here
PUBLIC POLL BACKS LIBRARIES
'Don't touch our library services!' That is the message from a poll of nearly 25,000 people conducted by the website MoneySavingExport.com. This and more news of library campaigning around the country can be found on our News Page.
Do you have any surplus toys suitable for the under 5s? If so, the Children's Library would welcome your donations.
Also needed, games for the 5-10 age group, such as Frustration!
(if donating, please mention FoWHL)
LOVING THE LIBRARY
'I'm getting quite into blogging and crafts and wondered if there were any books in the library that might help. There were!'
Dr Liz Watts, West Hampstead resident and aspiring blogger
LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR TWO WEEKS IN LATE OCTOBER
As part of Camden Libraries ongoing efforts to trim £800,000 from annual running costs, a new Open Plus swipe-card entry system is due to be installed over a two week period in late October. During this time the library will be closed. More details to follow once we get confirmation.
FORMER FoWHL PATRON STEPHEN FRY SPEAKS OUT FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Stephen Fry, a former West Hampstead resident and patron of the Friends of West Hampstead Library, is one of several contributors to a film documenting the history of British public libraries and their current decline. From their Scottish beginnings in the 18th century, poet Greta Bellamacina and journalist Davina Catt chart the history of UK libraries. Adding their voice to Fry's are Irvine Welsh, Amma Asante and John Cooper Clarke, who plead for libraries to be saved from relentless cuts.
To see a clip from the documentary click below
USE IT OR LOSE IT WARNING
Whether we like it or not, the survival of West Hampstead library will depend ultimately on the numbers of people who go into the library and take out books. On our News Page, FoWHL Treasurer Alan Templeton, who is also chair of the Camden Public Libraries Users Group (CPLUG) reveals the stats behind the message.
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk