Doorstep Library helps children become familiar with books and discover the joy of reading.

Doorstep Library visits homes on the Old Oak estate every Monday after school, during term time. A pair of volunteers will arrive with a selection of children’s books to read a story with children from 0-11 and to lend a book or two to borrow for the week.

– We’ve been visiting families on the Old Oak estate since September 2011.
– We currently visit 98 children from 50 families.

This is a completely free service which can take place either on the doorstep or inside your home for up to 20 minutes, and you don’t have to sign up to be involved.

Doorstep Library regularly receives feedback from families on the impact their reading sessions have had on children’s lives who reside in Old Oak locally.

“We’ve visited Harry for 2 years. One day his mother came out on the doorstep to tell us that when she last met with Harry’s teacher, she was told how wonderful it was that he had made so much progress with his reading. The mother then said that it was all because of Doorstep Library, and the two volunteers who come to read with him every week.”

The organisation run five Doorstep Libraries in Hammersmith & Fulham (including the Old Oak Estate) and three in Westminster. They are starting more projects in these boroughs, plus starting work in Lambeth in 2018.

If you would like more information please contact the Project Coordinator Olivia Donkor on 020 8870 1476 or visit

If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected] for more information, or have a look at our website

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