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
Wednesday February 15 at 7.30pm
An evening with actor Jim Carter – local resident, supporter of FoWHL, former chairman of the Hampstead Cricket Club and known to millions around the world as Carson in Downton Abbey. Jim will talk about his career, life behind the scenes at Downton, and why we should all head down to Lymington Road during the summer months.
More details from here
FoWHL AGM AND ELECTIONS
As a result of this year's AGM the FoWHL Committee has a new/old look. Back into the fray as Chair is local author Simon Inglis, who was FoWHL Chair from 1998-2004. Long serving Treasurer Alan Templeton has stood down after 18 years wonderful service. FoWHL also now has a new Secretary, albeit a familiar face in Jeannie Cohen, who has served several years as Chair. Jeannie replaces long serving Secretary Val Cedar. For more details of the elections and the AGM, click here.
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
NEW SWIPE CARD ENTRY TO START IN JANUARY 2017
Library users in West Hampstead should be aware that a new swipe-card entry system is scheduled to start operating early in 2017.
Under this new system, entry to the library at certain hours will be possible only by swiping one's library card through a reader at the main door.
This new 'open access' system is part of Camden's efforts to save £800,000 from the annual library budget, whilst keeping all branches open.
For more details of how the new system will work, click here.
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