Local libraries may offer more than you expect. As well as books and magazines, libraries lend music, DVDs and computer games. Some have coffee shops and all offer free internet access. We need to use them or we will lose them.


Barbican Library

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, UK – 020 7638 0569

Brilliant library. Great selection of books. Calm atmosphere which is conducive to reading

You can be sure it's the best library in London. Especially staff is great.

Finsbury Library

245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB, UK – 020 7527 7960

Well maintained library, excellent facilities, helpful staff.

Excellent library, staff are so helpful and everything is well organised and clear. Free ordering service and a loyalty card to earn free DVD and CD rentals. Well stocked with latest DVDs and also a very good graphic novel collection.

Shoe Lane Library

Hill House, 1 Little New St, London EC4A 3JR, UK – 020 7583 7178

Amazing space for book-lovers. Very helpful stuff and lots of events for local community. Going there almost every week. I wish there were more libraries like that

It's a hidden gem. The kids area is never crowded and my kids love it there. The staff are always welcoming and friendly they really give you a good experience o always feel welcome.