Special events for adults

Notting Hill Gate Library will be closed for four weeks from Monday 5 August 2019, due to essential repairs. We apologise that this is taking place during the holiday period. The library will reopen as normal on Monday 2 September 2019. The closest alternative libraries are North Kensington Library and Kensington Central Library where you can access full library services, including the Summer Reading Challenge for children. In addition, you can reserve and renew library items and access our online resources 24/7. These services and more are available via our library app from the App Store and Google Play.

Special events for adults

We host a range of special events and workshops in our libraries for adults such as:

  • author events
  • history talks
  • craft workshops

Events are popular and you will need to book your place in advance for most of them.

Book your place

You can book your place at an event by:

  • email: libraries@rbkc.gov.uk
  • phone: 020 7361 3010
  • online registration if the event is listed on Eventbrite

Receive event information

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Special events for adults: highlights​​​​​​​​​​​


Digital help using your own device

Learn how to use and download the library's digital resources including:

  • eBooks, eNewspapers or eMagazines
  • apps such as My Library app

Please being along a smartphone, tablet or eReader so that you can receive one-to-one tutoring with your own device.

Free and no need to book a place, just turn up.

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A dangerous London talk with author Gareth Rubin

Join us for reading and Q&A with Gareth Rubin, author of Liberation Square, which is set in Soviet-occupied London. The book, one of the Telegraph's Best Thrillers Of 2019, describes a London divided by a high wall, with a free west and brutal, oppressive east. Gareth will read the opening chapter and talk about how he came up with the idea.

Gareth is a journalist for the Observer and Telegraph.

Book your free place for A dangerous London talk with author Gareth Rubin via Eventbrite.

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Fashion marketing with Susan Bishop - part 1

Market research shows that fashion companies need to constantly transform themselves to stay relevant. New forms of retail and changing business models have transformed the way we buy fashion. Drawing on past marketing activities and looking towards the future, Susan Bishop will talk about how small and large companies communicate to keep customers and win new ones.

Susan's second talk takes place on 10 October and covers issues the fashion industry is facing today including branding, production techniques and fashion's environmental impact.

Book your free place for Fashion marketing with Susan Bishop - part 1 via Eventbrite.

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Memorable Encounters an evening with Sir John Nott

Sir John Nott reads from his book Memorable Encounters and talks about some of the famous people he's known including Margaret Thatcher, Enoch Powell, Ted Hughes and Nigel Farage.

Before he entered Parliament in 1966, Sir John served as a Treasury Minister and sat in Margaret Thatcher's first Cabinet as Trade Secretary and Defence Secretary. He left politics in 1983 to return to the City. His career in politics and business has given him a unique perspective on some of the key events in British public life.

Book your free place for Memorable Encounters an evening with Sir John Nott via Eventbrite.

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Lessons I have learned about love and addiction

Join us for a discussion with Nicola Vivian on her new book, My Will. Following the fatal heroin overdose of her boyfriend when she was just 24, Nicola spiralled into the depths of grief. Her way out from grief was to examine, profoundly and meticulously, the mysterious forces of addiction and the emotional vulnerability from which they grow.

My Will is not only a story of dependence, but also of the power of human connection. Listen to Nicola discuss her experiences of lessons learned about love and addiction.

Copies of My Will be available to buy on the night.

Book your free place for Lessons I have learned about love and addiction via Eventbrite.

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Piano and violin recital for Penny Brohn UK

Listen to the magical sound of the violin and piano with a Mozart sonata played by two local teachers, Kate Arnold and Anna Basaldua Lemarchand.

Anna's 13 year-old Diploma student will also perform Bach, the Moonlight Sonata and Chopin.

Book your free place for Piano and violin recital for Penny Brohn UK via Eventbrite.

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Truth to Power by John Matlin, author talk

John Matlin is a former City of London solicitor who changed his career in his 50s. He attended Brunel University and Birmingham University where he earned a Ph.D. in American political history.

Truth to Power contains an amalgam of the characters and incidents which emerged in John’s research for the doctoral thesis. The novel has a fast moving, entertaining plot filled with corrupt city bosses, mafia thugs, speakeasies, romance and Calvin Coolidge.

Book your free place for Truth to Power by John Matlin, author talk via Eventbrite.

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What makes a good fashion intern?

Find out how fashion students can prepare for the realities of the workplace and debate the issues surrounding internships.

Our speaker Stefanos has a lifetime obsession with design and more than 30 years experience working with designer labels and haute couture. His clothes have decorated some of the most prestigious catwalks including Givenchy Couture, Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon, Pringle of Scotland, Roksanda Ilincic and many others. he has also worked on styling Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell and Cheryl Cole.

Book your free place for What makes a good fashion intern? via Eventbrite.

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Social media for business

Join Anthony Odogwu for this session and find out facts about the current social media space. We shall look at the case studies of successful social media marketing campaigns and at the types of content businesses should be producing.

You will get the chance to engage in a quick social media checklist and there will be an interactive Q&A session at the end.

Anthony is an award winning entrepreneur, polymath and digital vanguard. He is the founder of Future Space Technologies, a social media agency with expertise in Gen Z & Millennial Audiences. He was recently awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest Bank 2018/19 BeMogul Tech Entrepreneur of Year, along with the Extraordinary 'Man to Watch' 2018/19.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

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Read about regular library events for adults.