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A guide to some public libraries in London

Contact details for public libraries in London follow. These may be more suitable for your research needs than the British Library.

Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 0569 (enquiries)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 0672 (music)

British Museum
Paul Hamlyn Library
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8838
This public reference library has been temporarily relocated from the British Museum Reading Room to another room within the building.

Camden Town Library
Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1BD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7974 1563

City Business Library
1 Brewers' Hall Garden
London EC2V 5BX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 1812

Guildhall Library
Aldermanbury
London EC2V 7HH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 1862/1863 (manuscripts)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 1839 (prints and maps)

Hammersmith Library
Shepherds Bush Road
London W6 7AT
Tel: +44 (0)20 8753 3823

Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7974 6345

Islington Central Library
2 Fieldway Crescent
London N5 1PF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7527 6900

Kensington and Chelsea Central Library
Phillimore Walk
London W8 7RX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7361 3010

King's Fund Library
11-13 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0AN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 2400

Marylebone Library
Macintosh House
54 Beaumont Street
LondonĀ W1G 6DW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 6200

St Pancras Library
Camden Town Hall Extension
Argyle Street
London WC1H 8NN
Tel: +44 (0)20 974 5833

Swiss Cottage Library
88 Avenue Road
London NW3 5BA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7974 6522

Tavistock & Portman NHS Library
120 Belsize Lane
London NW3 5BA
Tel: +44 (0)20 8938 2520

Victoria Library
160 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9UD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 1300
(Disabled access is available at entrance, but the first floor is only accessible by steps.)

Westminster Central Music Library
First Floor
160 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9UD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 1300
(No wheelchair access)

Westminster City Archives
10 St Ann's Street
London SW1P 2DE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 5180

Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin's Street
London WC2H 7HP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7641 1300
(There are 2 steps at the entrance, then 6 steps immediately inside the building to the ground floor. The library is on 3 floors with stairs to all levels but no lift.)