Book Award round up

Sally Connew-Volpe, Triborough Stock Librarian, writes:

The Miniaturist by Jessie BurtonHave you seen our Book Awards page?

We’ve gathered all the contenders and winners of the UK’s most popular literary awards in one place! So if you’re keen to read a whole shortlist, want to know what all the fuss is about a particular winner, or are just looking for a great book to read – take a look. All our book lists link straight in to the library catalogue, so you can find out which libraries hold copies of the book you’re after and whether they’re available (you can reserve from here too).

The book awards we feature include the Man Booker, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Specsavers National Book Award and many more!

Book Awards page - part of the RBKC library catalogue
Book Awards page – part of the RBKC library catalogue

Why not try The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (above) – winner of the 2014 Waterstones Book of the Year, winner of Book of the Year and Best New Writer in the 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards. This is a wonderful read set in 1686 Amsterdam. It follows eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman as she arrives from a small village to the Amsterdam household of merchant trader Johannes Brand, her new husband. A gripping story unfolds as she is given a cabinet by her husband containing an exact replica of their house.

The Paying Guests by Sarah WatersTake a look too through the excellent shortlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, including the latest book by Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests. The winner will be announced in just a couple of weeks!

Each time a new shortlist is announced, the lists are refreshed – but we are gradually building a ’round up’ list of past prizewinners, so you can always be sure to find some great quality reading.

Borrow one today!



Brand new library catalogue!

Regular users of the library catalogue will have noticed a big change this week:

RBKC library catalogue
RBKC library catalogue


We’re pleased to announce that the upgrade to the catalogue is live and working – give it a try! For those who are used to the previous version, don’t worry – here’s what you need to know:

  • To renew your items, check what you have out etc., just go to My Account at the top of the page. Logging in is the same as before – you need your library card number and pin. If you have forgotten your pin, please contact
  • To search, use the search box toward the top of the page. You will notice that you can now search all of the triborough libraries: Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham. You can also reserve items across the three boroughs. Once you have done a search, you can narrow it down in many more ways than before – by library, language, material type (eg: DVD) and so on. All the options are down the left hand side of the search results.

There are many more new features available on the new catalogue, which we’ll be highlighting in future posts. Do click on the picture or link above and have a look around.