Information and Reference Library

Information and Reference Library
Old Town Hall
Whittaker Avenue
Greater London




020 8734 3308

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The Information and Reference Library, which houses the Borough's main collection of reference materials, provides a General and a Business Information Service. We offer computer taster sessions on a wide range of topics ranging from basic IT skills, how to shop online safely to using e-readers.
The library offers free Wi-Fi and wired internet access and use of its People’s Network computers with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). A range of online encyclopaedias and dictionaries plus newspapers, business and family history databases are also available.

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The Information & Reference Library is located on the first floor of the Old Town Hall. Study space is available in the Riverside Room and the Seminar Room. Both these venues are avilable for hire, along with the Whittaker Ellis Suite.
Scanner, photocopier, free-to-use computers, printing, Wi-Fi.

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Toast and marmalade

Emma Bridgewater: Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories

  • 7 November 2014 7:30-8:30pm

Since establishing her pottery business 29 years ago, Emma Bridgewater’s distinctive kitchenware has found its way into homes all over Britain and beyond. Her book Toast & Marmalade is a patchwork of the personal stories behind Emma’s unique and popular designs. Join Emma for an evening of pottery, family, childhood, work, motorway service stations, holidays, beaches, markets, recipes, dressing-up boxes, patch-working, country & western music, picnics, camping and the lost world of telephone calls costing 2p.


Tickets £7.50/£6
Part of the Richmond Literature Festival. To book please telephone 020 8831 6494 or visit


Young Lawrence: A portrait of the legend as a young man by Anthony Sattin

  • 14 November 2014 7:30-8:30pm

T.E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Journalist, broadcaster and author Anthony Sattin now uncovers for the first time the untold story of T.E. Lawrence in his twenties, before the war, during the period he looked back on as his golden years. Using first-hand sources, museum records and Foreign-Office documents, Sattin sets these adventures against the background of corrosive conflicts in Libya and the Balkans.


Tickets £7.50/£6
Part of the Richmond Literature Festival. To book please telephone 020 8831 6494 or visit

Paintings in Prose: A panel discussion with Elizabeth Freemantle, Imogen Robertson and Vanora Bennett

  • 18 November 2014 7:30-8:30pm

Three acclaimed writers of historical fiction discuss the art and artists who feature in their work. How do we write about the visual arts and capture the process and passions of one art form in another?

Vanora Bennett has written six historical novels on subjects ranging from Hans Holbein at the court of Henry VIII to the Russian Revolution. She has also worked as a journalist around the world. Elizabeth Fremantle writes historical fiction based in the Tudor period. She has contributed to many publications including The Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal. Imogen Robertson is the author of five historical novels. Her Crowther and Westerman series is set in the late 18th century. Her latest stand alone novel is set in the artistic world of the Belle Époque.


Tickets £7.50/£6
Part of the Richmond Literature Festival. To book please telephone 020 8831 6494 or visit

Ruth Scott: The Power of Imperfection

  • 21 November 2014 7:30-8:30pm

In her latest book The Power of Imperfection mediator, writer and broadcaster Ruth Scott explores different aspects of human experience and highlights the conflicts and contradictions using personal experience, national and international news stories. Ruth is a well-known broadcaster, having written material for BBC Radios 2, 4 and World Service. She presented Pause for Thought on Radio 2's Wake up to Wogan show for 15 years and continues with his successor, Chris Evans. She was among the first women ordained as priests in the Church of England in 1994 and is involved in facilitation and mediation work in the Church, nationally and internationally.


Tickets £7.50/£6
Part of the Richmond Literature Festival. To book please telephone 020 8831 6494 or visit