If you find yourself hanging around Leicester Square with some time to spare, instead of languishing in a cafe, why not check out the Westminster's Charing Cross Library?
It's probably one of the few public libraries in London that is open seven days a week (other than Bank Holidays of course). More importantly, it houses one of the largest Chinese book collection in London alongside a healthy English catalog.
You would be glad to know that membership is open for anyone who has a permanent address in the UK. Also, with a team of Chinese speaking staff, help is at hand if you require any translation whatsoever.
In case you're looking for a read on your commute back home, there's also a small room on the first floor selling excess library stock with paperbacks going for 30p each.
Monday 9.30 - 8
Tuesday 9.30 - 7
Wednesday 10 - 7
Thursday 9.30 - 7
Friday 9.30 - 7
Saturday 10.30 - 2
Sunday 11 - 5
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Charing Cross Chinese Library - largest Chinese books collection in London