Libraries - How We Can Help

CSC believe that chess and libraries are an excellent fit. Chess has a huge number of books written about it - a recent search of Amazon produced over 19,000 results. By running a regular chess club at your library you would be providing a great service to your community.

We have helped a number of libraries set up and run chess clubs - and we are keen to help more.

We can provide equipment and help you find someone to run it. We run regular training courses on teaching chess which would equip someone with the skills to run a club. Places on the courses would be free to library staff and volunteers and we would provide support. 

We will help process a DBS check for the person running the club. Where Covid-19 restrictions prevent a club taking place onsite in the library, CSC would be happy to advise on ways in which activities might continue online and can provide ChessKid accounts for that purpose.

We would also be very happy to provide our curriculum for you to stock in your catalogue and workbooks for the children to use. If your Library is interested, we would love to help so please get in touch or Join ​CSC​ - libraries & community groups.

Here are some books ​and software​ we recommend:

The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids - Richard James

Checkmate - Kasparov Chess for Kids - Richard James
Ten Ways to Succeed Series (Openings/Middlegames/Endgames/Puzzles) - Onions and Regis
Winning Chess Series - Jeff ​ Coakley

ChessKid – online platform suitable for children of primary school age.

All Ages
Usborne Complete Guide to Chess - Watson & Burgess

Below are useful contact details for Libraries helping with chess or have their own chess clubs.

Battersea Library - Fridays, 4.00-5.00pm
Contact: Paul Stokes [email protected] 

Battersea Park Library - Tuesdays, 3.30-5.00pm
Contact: Paul Stokes [email protected]

Becton Globe Library, Newham
1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ
Meets Tuesday afternoons 15:45-17:15
Contact: [email protected]

Billingham Library
Billingham Library & Customer Service Centre,
Kingsway, Billingham TS23 2LN
Contact: Sarah McClennan Senior Library and Information Assistant
Tel: (01642) 528084

Blaydon Library, Wesley Court, Gateshead, NE21 5BT
Thursdays 17.00
Contact: Lynne Corder [email protected]
Tel: 0191 4336201

Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND
The chess club meets in the Children’s Library Meeting Room (Middle Earth).
Saturdays, 14.00-15.00 (term time only)
Contact: Linda Monk [email protected]

Bloxwich Library, Elmore Row, Bloxwich WS3 2HR.
Thursdays (during term time only), 4.00-5.00pm. This is an after school club.
From 5 yrs - boys and girls. Adults welcome to join.
Contact: [email protected] or mobile 07980101744

Bournemouth Library Chess Club
22 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RQ
10-12pm on Saturdays.
Contact: [email protected]
Chepstow Library - Chess club meets in term-time from 3.45-5.30pm on Tuesdays.
Contact: Richard Stevenson [email protected]

Enfield Island Village Library

Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road
Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Contact: Kath Milne [email protected] 
Tel: 0191 4338410

Grays Library - Saturdays 10:00 to 12:00 - first hour for youngsters only.
Contact: Andrew Offord [email protected]

Green Street Library
337-341 Green Street, Upton Park, London E13 9AR.
Tel: 020 3373 0857
Wednesdays 17.30-19.30

John Jackson Library, Enfield

Keats Community Library
10 Keats Grove, NW3 2RN
Tel: 0207 431 1266
Email: [email protected]
Classes held every fortnight on Saturdays - ages 6-12.
KCL is a volunteer run library. We ask for a £3 per child voluntary contribution to our costs. The classes are held fortnightly on Saturdays from 12-1 for advanced beginners, and 1-2pm for beginners, taught by Phil Makepeace.

Kenton Library
Kenton Lane, HA3 8UJ
Saturday (first weekend month) 2.30 - 3.30pm
Contact: Manoharan Dilukshan [email protected] 

North Harrow Library
Pinner Road, HA1 4HN
Contact: Nevil Chan [email protected]

Lancaster Library
Market Square, Lancaster,
Lancashire, LA1 1HY
Tuesday afternoons anytime between 3pm-7pm (starts 27 Jan 2015)
Saturdays after 12 noon, starting 31 Jan 2015 (starts 31 Jan 2015)
Contact: Gary Hutchinson [email protected]

Leominster Library

Exhibition Room, Thursdays, 15.30 onwards led by Kalvin Haley. 01568 750114 / 07709 0261206

Nantwich Library - The club runs every fortnight on Tuesday evenings between 5.30 - 6.30pm.
Contact: [email protected]

Newcastle City Library
33 New Bridge Street West,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX
'Chess for All' Club meets every Saturday, 12 noon-2.00pm

Newham - East Ham Library - Mondays & Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm.
Newham - Green Street Library - Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm.
Newham - Gate Library Tuesdays 5.30-7.30pm.
Contact: James Robinson

North Harrow Library
Ordnance Road Library, Enfield

Pimlico Library Chess Club
Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT
Mondays 6.00-8.00pm. All ages and abilities welcome.

Ponders End Library, Enfield
Primrose Hill Community Library
Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Primrose Hill Community Library Sharpleshall Street NW1 8YN
Contact: Alan Bruce - 07830107477

Sprowston Library
Recreation Ground Road,
Norwich, NR7 8EW
Contact: Claire Sharland, Library Manager
[email protected] 
Tel: 07785 400032

Stratford Library Chess Club
Thursdays, 5.30-7.30pm
All levels of ability welcome - No booking necessary
Contact: John Illingworth

Streatham Library - Tuesdays, 4.30-7.30 (5.00-7.30 until 21 June 2016)
Everyone welcome and there's nothing to pay. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult
Contact: Richard Tillett [email protected]
For further information visit our website.

ThimbleMill Library, Smethwick
The club runs on Wednesdays 4.00-5.30pm. Contact Leroy Douglas [email protected].
Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ.

Victoria Library, London SW1.
160 Buckingham Palace Rd,
London SW1W 9UD. Nearest tube: Victoria
Start date: Wednesday 02 Nov or 09 Nov (depending when the tutor can start)
Times: 1700-1830 hrs then every Wednesday same time.
Contact: Imaan J. Williams [email protected] for details.
Mob: 07505174522

Welwyn Garden City Library - Chess Attack Chess Club
Wednesday evenings throughout the year, 5.30-6.30pm in the Children's Section.
Contact: Michael Flatt [email protected]

Wickford Library
Market Road, Wickford, SS12 0AG
Fridays 3.45-5.00pm
Contact: Rosemary Lee - Yele Ojo (Chess Tutor)
Senior Customer Services Assistant
Tel: 0345 603 7628

York Gardens Library and Community Centre Junior Chess Club
34 Lavender Road, London, SW11 2UG [Map]
Tel: 020 8871 7471
Fridays 3.45-5.00pm
Contact: [email protected]

York Central Library
Library Square, York YO1 7DS
The club will be on Sunday afternoons (times to be confirmed).
Contact: Dan Staples [email protected]

And here are the libraries where we are already involved.

Portsoken Chess Club /Iveagh Court Community Group
Barrow Barrow Library
Birmingham Library of Birmingham
Birmingham Afro Caribbean Millenium Centre
Birmingham Smethwick Library
Birmingham Spring Hill Library
Birmingham Thimblemill Library
Bournemouth Bournemouth Library
Bracknell Bracknell Library - Older People
Bracknell Kennel Lane School
Bracknell Sandhurst Library
Community Menthal Health Group ( Champions Show The Way)
Bradford Pavilion Cafe
Bradford Silsden Library
Bristol Avonmouth Library
Bristol Bedminster Library
Bristol Bishopston Library
Bristol Bishopsworth Library
Bristol Bristol Central Library
Bristol Bristol Prison (formerly Horfield)
Bristol Clifton Library
Bristol Filwood Library
Bristol Fishponds Library
Bristol Hartcliffe Library @Symes
Bristol Henbury Library
Bristol Hillfields Library
Bristol Horfield Library
Bristol Junction 3 Library
Bristol Knowle Library
Bristol Lockleaze Library
Bristol Marksbury Road Library
Bristol Redland Library
Bristol Sea Mills Library
Bristol Shirehampton Library
Bristol Southmead Library
Bristol St George Library
Bristol St Pauls Library
Bristol Stockwood Library
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bristol Whitchurch Library
Bristol Wick Road Library
Bristol Wild Goose Homeless Chess Club
Brixton Brixton Library
Buckinghamshire Gerrards Cross Youth Club
Caerphilly Aberbargoed Library
Caerphilly Bargoed Library
Caerphilly Deri Library
Camden Camden Community Chess Club
Camden Primrose Hill Community Library
Cardiff Autism Puzzles
Cheshire Blacon Library
Cheshire Frodsham Junior Community Centre
Cheshire Nantwich Library
Cheshire Penketh Library
Chesterfield Chesterfield Library
Conwy Conwy Library
Bell Green Community Library and Learning Centre
Coventry Caludon Castle School and Community Library
Coventry Coventry Central Library
Enfield Enfield Island Village Library
Enfield John Jackson Library
Enfield Ordnance Road Library
Enfield Ponders End Library
Essex Colchester Junior Chess Club
Essex Wickford Library
Falkirk Falkirk Library
Fife Glenwood Library
Gloucestershire Sir Bernard Lovell Academy
H&F Brunswick Club
Hampstead Keats Community Library
Haringey Marcus Garvey Library
Haringey Wood Green Library
Heckmondwike Heckmondwike Library
herefordshire Leominster Library
Hull Hull Central Library
Isle of Wight Bembridge Chess Club
Kensington & Chelsea Kensington Library
Lambeth Tate South Lambeth Library
Lambeth Upper Norwood Library
Lancashire Cleveleys Junior Chess Club
Lancashire Lancaster Library
Leeds Leeds Refugee Forum
Leeds Main Library/ Art Gallery
Leicestershire Anstey Community Library
Leicestershire De Monfort University Chess Club
Liverpool Liverpool Central Library
Liverpool Liverpool Junior Chess Club
Liverpool Norris Green Library
Liverpool Toxteth Library
Livingston (Scotland Rampaging Rooks Junior
Merthyr Tydfil Dowlais Community Centre
Monmouthshire Chepstow Library
Newcastle St. Luke's Church C of E
Newham Alfil
Newham Beckton Globe Library
Newham Canning Town & Custom House Library
Newham East Ham Library
Newham Green Street Library
Newham Manor Park Library
Newham Plaistow Library
Newham Stratford Library
Newham The Gate Library
Northamptonshire Corby Library
Nottingham Sikh Temple
Oxford Restore Cafe
Pontefract Pontefract Library
Reading Age UK,
Reading Crowthorne Library
Renfrewshire Ferguslie Park Community Library
Renfrewshire Johnstone Community Library
Renfrewshire Renfrew Community Library
Somerset Taunton Library
Southwark Peckham Library
Staffordshire Cannock Library
Staffordshire Silverdale Library
Suffolk Ipswich County Library
Sussex Brighton Library
Teeside Stockton Central Library
Teeside Middlesbrough Central Library
Teeside Thornaby Central Library
Thurrock Gray's Library
Walsall Bloxwich Junior Chess Club
Walsall Bloxwich Library
Wandsworth Battersea Library
Wandsworth Battersea Park Library
Wandsworth Streatham Library
Warrington Birchwood Library
Warrington Warrington Central Library
Warwickshire Atherstone Library
West Midlands Dudley Library
Westminster Pimlico Library
Westminster St Andrews Youth Club
Westminster Victoria Library
York York Central Library (Explore)