Westminster Libraries and Archives

Business and open access at Westminster Business Library 

Reece, our Collections Officer based at Westminster Business Library in Victoria blogs about the importance of open access for start-ups, freelancers and small business owners. Over to Reece to find out more – I am not sure about you, but many of our key business decisions are reliant upon up to date, concise and reliable… More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 9 to 15 May. Did you know…. 1 in 6 adults experiences a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression 1 in 5 adults has considered taking their own life at some point.   Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.… More

Theatre Archives: volunteering with the Theatre Collection 

David Evans, a longstanding and dedicated volunteer at the City of Westminster Archives, is our guest blogger for this post. An avid London theatre goer for years, David has recently taken up working on programmes within the archives theatre collection again. David has made an invaluable contribution to the archives with his work on various… More

Do you like the sound of your own voice?

Did you know we have our very own library podcast? We release a new episode every month. Over to our colleague, Ann at Paddington Library to tell us more – You know there’s that expression that someone ‘likes the sound of their own voice’? It’s a judgmental statement, implying that the person is, shall we… More

A day in the life of libraries

Our colleague, Helen, who’s based at Charing Cross Library had a fantastic idea to celebrate Libraries Week earlier this year. She spoke to staff from three very different libraries over Zoom about their services, projects and collections and much more. Don’t worry if you missed these conversations as they were recorded are available on YouTube;… More

Ignatius Sancho – A History of Black British Entrepreneurship

This month, we are bringing awareness to some of the famed black business owners throughout history, many of which started their trade within Westminster itself. One such entrepreneur was Ignatius Sancho.  Ignatius Sancho had an upbringing that was not unusual to that of other black persons who resided in the anglosphere. His mother was onboard the slave ship to Granada… More

COBRA: online eResources

COBRA is an amazing business resource, which, customers can use to get information on everything they might need to know to start up a business. It is a complete business reference adviser including opportunities, markets, financial and legal information. It is easy to use and, being a 24/7 eResource, COBRA can be accessed at home… More

Book of Dreams at Church Street Library

Mahbuba Khan is our Community Outreach Officer. She tells us about a community art project that took place at Church Street Library recently. Over to Mahbuba… Early last year before the first lockdown, we applied for some funding in partnership with a creative trainer and storyteller, Debbie Gunaratne. I’d worked with Debbie before on a… More

I Love Libraries

Everyone loves libraries! Even people who don’t visit regularly or haven’t been in ages will be utterly delighted when you tell them that you work in a library. Their faces light up. Very often they will launch into a story of a wonderful experience they had in a library as a child, or they will… More