WEST HAMPSTEAD LIBRARY
West Hampstead Library is a fantastic resource, with fully accessible sections for adults (upstairs) and children (downstairs). It receives nearly 90,000 visits per year – mostly local residents but also people who work in West Hampstead or who are passing through (including an increasing number of tourists).
Over the last few years, on average around 1,000 extra people have signed up for library membership every year.
In the year 2014-15 just over 35,000 books and other materials were issued from West Hampstead library. As can be seen, that is less than half the number of visitors, and helps to illustrate the fact that many people nowadays use libraries for the free wifi on offer, for printing, photocopying (colour and b&w) and for use of the computers. In fact during 2014-15 visitors booked nearly 11,000 sessions on the library terminals.
The library plays another vital role. Following the closure of Camden's Housing Office on West End Lane, the library is now the only place in West Hampstead where Camden Council staff have any face-to-face interaction with the public. In this respect it serves as a hugely important source of information and contact.
Visitors will find a wealth of information on local services, job training schemes, plus noticeboards galore carrying news of what's on in the area. FoWHL has its own noticeboard by the lift.
ON THE SHELVES
Of course the library's core purpose is to offer books for lending and reference, and also talking books, music on CD, films on DVD, plus newspapers and magazines.
You can search the online catalogue here.
Here is a run down of the newspapers and magazines available:
• Daily: The Guardian / Daily Mirror / The Times
• Weekly: Camden New Journal / Ham&High /
Irish Post / Jewish Chronicle / The Voice
• Fortnightly: Private Eye
• Monthly: Which?
Note that several titles were culled in February 2016 as a cost saving measure, which is why FoWHL has invited members to donate copies of their own magazines (subject to approval by Camden Libraries). Our first such donation, kindly supplied by Janet Nabney, is the New Yorker. If you would life to offer a title, please let us know.
AT YOUR SERVICE
West Hampstead Library is staffed by a lovely bunch of trained professionals and book lovers, always happy to help, advise and make the most of your visit. Click on the gallery above to get to know them better!
Led by Team Leader Nick Durant, the current staff comprises Peter, Andrew, Sara, Celia and Nik.
West Hampstead Library lies in the heart of West Hampstead, on the corner of Dennington Park Road and West End Lane, NW6 1AU, within a few minutes walk from three stations (Jubilee Line, Overground and Thameslink) and on three bus routes (139, 328 and C11).
West Hampstead Library's opening hours are:
Monday 11.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Note: should you find yourselves caught short on a Sunday, the library at Pancras Square is open from 11-5!