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Local libraries may offer more than you expect. As well as books and magazines, libraries lend music, DVDs and computer games. Some have coffee shops and all offer free internet access. We need to use them or we will lose them.

Libraries

Swiss Cottage Library

88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA, UK – 020 7974 4444

My favourite library! Excellent range of books, great cafe, good wifi, good working area and chairs. Seats by windows for reading. Generally quiet though you do occasionally get rowdy toddlers and once I saw a theatre group acting in the fiction section!! The toilets need refurbishment and the art gallery area is under-utilised and should be converted to something else. Also, what actually goes on on the ground floor? Anyone know? Deducted a star as the toilets have become abysmal and the cafe has closed. Library is going downhill! Please sort out the toilets!

I was very pleased with the minimal level of noise, which is scarcely obtainable in my local area. I wish I could say the same about the toilets however, as I didn't feel comfortable enough to use them. Cleanliness everywhere else was fine.

Marylebone Library

9-11 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 9UQ, UK – 020 7641 6200

It is such a small library for such a rich area; but I guess I should be grateful there is a library here at all; anyway, just make sure you check whether the book you are after is in stock and you should be fine; however, it doesn't seem to have a lot of desks and computers.

Few places...otherwise really quite and clean

Maida Vale Library

Sutherland Ave, London W9 2QT, UK – 020 7641 6200

Lovely, calm big library. Staff are very nice except for some rude old lady who I found not bothered to help at all. I love this library for many reasons and the main one is, it's close to my house an very relaxing!

I do like this library, I especially love the grand building in which it is housed (very peaceful) especially in the rest-room. Staff are very helpful ; had an initial problem with connecting to the 'free' Wi-Fi on my Laptop but the staff were very helpful and quickly managed to resolve problem.