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  1. How do I find if a particular book is available in a London library?
  2. Which public libraries loan videos/music/DVDs?
  3. How do I find my nearest London public library?
  4. How do I find a public library opening hours?
  5. How do I obtain something I find through the What's in London's Libraries website?
  6. How do I find a public library with Internet access?
  7. How do I find a homework club?
  8. How do I find under 5s storytimes?
  9. How do I find a public library open on Sundays?
  10. How do I find a library reading group in London?
  11. How do I find a public library with a meeting room?
  12. How do I find local information in my library?
  13. How do I get access to specialist information not available in my local public library?
  14. How do I obtain out of print or out of the ordinary books through my local library?
  15. What do I need to join a London public library?
  16. How do I get a job in a library?
  17. How do I train to be a librarian?
  18. I am a writer/publisher - how do I get libraries to stock my book?

1. How do I find if a particular book is available in a London library?
You can use the, "What's in London's Libraries" service to search for a particular title across the catalogues of London's public libraries.

To find an item in an academic library you can search via the M25 Consortium website

2. Which public libraries loan videos/music/DVDs?
Most public libraries lend videos, DVDs, music CDs and some also lend orchestral and choral sheet music. Use our database to check which branches have these materials

3. How do I find my nearest London public library?
You can search the database of London Libraries on this website to find your nearest public library. You can search
· by borough e.g. Camden
· by nearest tube or rail station e.g. Baker Street or Streatham Hill
· by the first part of the postcode WC2

4. How do I find a public library opening hours?
You can search the database of London Libraries on this website to find library opening hours.
Type in "Sunday" and the name of the borough you are interested in and those that open on Sunday will be listed
To find late opening hours type in "2000" to find those open till 8pm "2100" to find those open till 9pm etc.

5. How do I obtain something I find through the What's in London's Libraries website?
You can request an item not held by your local library through the reservations system. There may be a charge for this service. If you find an item through "What's in London's Libraries" service it will be helpful to let your local library know where the item is held. Please note that some audio-visual items such as videos and DVDs may not be available to external borrowers.

6. How do I find a public library with Internet access?
Almost all public libraries in London have Internet access, most of it free, although you may have to book in advance. To check, search our database with the word "Internet"

7. How do I find a homework club?
Use our database and search for "homework club"

8. How do I find under 5s storytimes?
Many libraries have story sessions for under 5s. Use our database and search for "under 5s storytimes"

9. How do I find a library open on Sundays?
There are over 50 London libraries open on a Sunday to find your nearest, search our database for "Sunday"

10. How do I find a library reading group?
Many London public libraries host reading groups. To find a local one use our database of public libraries, Select the area of London you are interested in from the drop down list and type "Reading group" in the first search box, then hit "search"

11. How do I find a public library with a meeting room?
Some public libraries have meeting rooms for hire. To find out where, search our database and choose the region of London you are interested in and then type in "meeting room" in the first search box.

12. How do I find local information in my library?
Most public libraries maintain a database of local information about local clubs and societies, voluntary organisations as well as local council services. To find out more visit our public libraries page and go to your library's website.

13. How do I get access to specialist information not available in my local public library?
If you a member of a public library and have need of information or reference material that may be held in a university or specialist library you may be referred by your local public library through the Libraries and Learners in London scheme. This allows members of the public to have a single visit to over 50 specialist and academic libraries in the capital. For further information see the Libraries and Learners in London pages

14. How do I obtain out of print or out of the ordinary books through my library?
If you wish to borrow a specialist or out of print book you should apply through your local public library who can search for unusual and out of print titles through the national network of libraries. There may be a charge for this service.

15. What do I need to join a London public library?
Most public libraries ask for two items of ID with your home address or signature which prove that you live, work or study in London, like a gas or electricity bill, driving licence or bank statement. You will be asked to complete a form before being allowed to take out books or other materials
If you wish to use a library for study and do not want to borrow items to take home you do not need to register.

16. How do I get a job in a library?
Many jobs are advertised in local papers or job centres as well as in the libraries themselves. Otherwise CILIP, the UK professional body for librarians has information on library recruitment agencies on its website as well as vacancies which have appeared in its journals, Update and Gazette.

17. How do I train to be a librarian?
Librarianship in the UK is a graduate profession and can be studied at undergraduate or postgraduate level, here are details of library schools

18. I am a writer/publisher - how do I get libraries to stock my book?

If your book is of professional interest to librarians, send your book to be reviewed by the professional library press such as CILIP Update

If it is of a more general nature, or is fiction then getting it reviewed in the literary press (TLS, Sunday newspaper supplements) and known to library suppliers is advisable.

 

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