This is my local library at work. What distinguishes this library from others is that it stocks a huge selection of books in Chinese.
It also has a lot of manga/comic books, although these are in English and not in Chinese (unfortunately for me, because I am used to reading them in Chinese! Japanese translates better into Chinese than English!)
There are two floors, a good selection of books, and they even sort the books into newly arrived, books you should read etc. near the door which I appreciate very much when I am just browsing for a new author.
There are computer desks upstairs for use, and mainly reference books and language books there. Stocked downstairs are the Chinese books, Sci Fi/Fantasy/Crime and Children's books.
The staff are quite nice and helpful in general, some staff can speak Chinese, of which I'm sure the Chinese community are very appreciative.
The book reservation service is also very efficient. They sort it by name and stack the reserved books on a shelf so you can use the self check-out to borrow books. Yes, they have state of the art machines there, doesn't that make you just want to come and visit?
The Charing Cross Library is on the intersection between Covent Garden, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square. It is part of the borough of Westminster and so open its residents, though you can request books for other libraries.
The entrance to the building is quite discreet. The library itself is arranged across two floors. On the ground floor are books and DVDs. On the first floor are more books and the computers. The library has a decent fiction section and is notable for its large selection of Chinese language books.
Charing Cross library is a small place but does a good job in trying to serve the interests of its community. It is worth visiting, particularly if you are looking for a Chinese language reading book.
This library is one of the things I miss most about London now I've moved away.
The classical CD selection is incredible! All the music selections here are incredible.
Use this library! You don't know how lucky you are!
One of the best libraries in town I've ever visited so far while looking for the calm sitting spot and for references also which were required to write my academic paper (essaymall.co.uk/write-my…) . All the staff out there was very friendly and the reading area was awesome. I also like their wide range of books collections. This is the place not to be missed when you are in London.
few months back,i went on a visit to this library and to be honest it was a big turn off,the arrangement of books,people loitering up and down,you will wonder if truely this is a library,to my surprise,this morning when i got there,its a whole new library,the floors have been changed,the walls painted,you could smell that money has been spent,its all brand new now.thumbs up westminster library.
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