Reference, information and online resources

Reference and online information

  • Reference and information

    An overview of how borough libraries can help you if you are looking for information, need study space or access to resources.

  • Online databases

    Information on how you can access Kensington and Chelsea's online databases. The majority are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

  • ebooks, ejournals and emagazines

    Find out more about Kensington and Chelsea's Digital Library.

  • Business Information Point

    The Business Information Point at Kensington Central Library can help with practical business advice, support and research.

  • Newspapers and Magazines

    Kensington Central Library holds an extensive collection of newspapers and magazines including over one hundred titles.

  • Costume Collection

    Chelsea Reference Library has a fantastic collection of books focusing on fashion and costume, including a large archive of magazines.

  • Folklore

    If you are interested in understanding cultures and traditions, or maybe find out more about the legend of King Arthur, then a visit to our folklore and customs collection can help.

  • Biographies

    The Biography collection contains up to 80,000 printed works

  • Useful information

    Download useful information leaflets about local services. Topics include learning English, legal advice centres and computer training.

Learning online

  • Universal Class

    A wide range of over 500 free online courses. You learn in your own time, at your own pace.

  • GoCitizen and Theory Test Pro

    GoCitizen is an online study resource for those preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test.

Library catalogue

  • Renew items online

    If you have a library account, you can renew your items online.

  • Search the catalogue and reserve an item

    Search the library catalogue for details of all the titles which are held. Place a reservation for a fee if what you are looking for is not available at your local library.

Computers in the library

  • Computer services

    Libraries have over one hundred computers available for a range of purposes. This page provides information on internet access, software, library usage policies and how to access other information.

  • Internet access

    Information on how to access the internet free of charge in all six libraries, using public PCs, for a range of tasks.

  • Computers for children

    Computer facilities in Kensington and Chelsea libraries for children

  • Photocopying facilities

    Black and white self-service photocopying facilities are available in all Kensington and Chelsea libraries. There are self-service colour photocopiers available in selected libraries.