Church Street Library

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City of Westminster Archive Centre

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City of Westminster Archive Centre

Interior view of Church Street Public Library 1969

By Patricia Fallon

Church Street library goers have had a change of venue in recent months to 97-99 Church Street to make way for the refurbishment of our library, which began in January 2009 and is due to reopen to the public in June 2010.


The Library began its existence in the early in early 1960’s and was completed in August 1967, shortly after the amalgamation with Westminster . The library provides a huge source of learning and opportunities for the residents of the Church Street area and includes outreach to schools in the area and life long learning opportunities for the older generations of the area.


Opening times remain the same. Contact the library directly to check on the status of regular events .                                                                                      

This page was added on 18/03/2010.
Comments about this page

This library was my door to imagination from age 10. We moved to Cottesloe House on Lisson Green Estate from the White City Estate. It was a short walk from St Edward's School and an easy stop off when I went to St George's Lower then upper school.

I soon outgrew the Children's library. The librarians understood that teenage books weren't for everyone, besides this homework could not be done without access to the adult section. The librarians who I can only vaguely recall were a very mixed bag. I remember an older woman who was kind, knowledgeable and interested and a few post hippy types that were sceptical that I was interested in reading seriously. After I started to check out Nabakov, Roth and others I guess I convinced them. Other school friends decamped to the library on Marylebone Road. I just couldn't take to it. I preferred to request a book and start reading it there. 

Good memories. Such a valuable resource.

By Kate Kaplan-Devitt
On 02/12/2020

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