My favourite children's picture book of 2018 is ...

The Day You Begin The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

This is a beautiful picture book about feeling different and belonging. With warm illustrations that are reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats in The Snowy Day, this story reveals a child-eye's view of navigating the world when you feel like you're on the outside looking in.


  1. Programs
  2. History
  3. Bus and Parking
  4. Meeting Space
  5. At the Library


children looking at a map in the library with a magifying glass

Exploring books also means learning about the places where those stories happen. Children finding clues on a map at the Carson branch.

All Programs  

Drop In  

Book Clubs

Computer and Technology

Workshops and Classes

Movies and Films


Shows and Concerts

Just for Fun


Teens or Tweens





Note: The programs listed are only the ones offered at this Branch (which is open to all).  We have a variety of programs offered at each of our 16 branches which are also open to everyone.

Carson Branch provides programs for children from birth to school age and for families;  March Break events; Summer Reading Club: summer literacy programs for children; adult programs, including a community book club; art exhibits and displays.


carson branch library

On December 23, 1915, the first branch of the London Public Library, the East Branch Library (presently Carson Branch Library), was opened on the corner of Dundas and Rectory Streets in the East London Town Hall.

It was moved in 1926 to the corner of Dufferin and Quebec Streets and named after the Director of London Public Library who served from 1906 to 1916. The present building was constructed in 1977.

Historical Facts about Carson Branch

December 14, 1906 William Oliver Carson becomes London's third librarian.

December 23, 1915 London’s first branch library, East End (presently Carson) Branch, opens in a store in London East’s former town hall at the southwest corner of Dundas and Rectory Streets (now the Aeolian Hall, 797 Dundas Street).

April 6, 1916 William O. Carson resigns as chief librarian of the London Public Library to become the inspector of public libraries in Ontario.

1926 The East (presently Carson) Branch Library moves into the former Quebec Street School at the southwest corner of Dufferin Avenue and Quebec Street.

September 1961 The East Branch Library is renamed the W.O. Carson Branch Library.

1977 A new building for the W.O. Carson Branch Library is erected on the site of the former building.

February 6, 2010 The newly renovated Carson Branch reopens with a ergonomically designed book chute; new carpets, circulation desk, flooring, furniture and paint; redesigned shelving units and a revamped meeting room.


Click HERE for a complete chronological history of London Public Library.

Carson Branch Profile (PDF)


Parking is available beside the library.

Bus Route

You can get to us by London Transit Commission (LTC) bus Route 20 Fanshawe College–Beaverbrook (close to the library on Quebec Street). Route 2 Nat Sci–Trafalgar Heights/Bonaventure stops nearby on Dundas Street.

Go to LTC Routes to select a route, direction and stop and you will be given the next three arrival times and destination for that stop based on live data. Each stop location in the drop-down list is followed by its corresponding bus stop ID number.

Meeting Space

View all Library Spaces at London Public Library:  Meeting Rooms, Study and Music Practice Rooms and Wolf Performance Hall.

For more information and to rent or reserve a meeting room, contact Meetings and Events Services staff at (519)-661-5120 or

At the Library

Carson Branch Library Collection

Adult / General



Note: The materials linked in this section are those materials currently located at this Branch.  We are happy to deliver materials from any London Public Library location to your requested library location.  This service is free and quite efficient.

Please also see the following sections for our collections from across the library system: New Items, Life, Research, Staff Picks, Kids, and Teens.

Each location has a materials return chute that is open when the library is closed except Cherryhill and Sherwood (chutes available during mall hours).

Library Services

In addition to lending, reference, reader's advisory and community referral services, we offer computer workstations with access to the Internet as well as software and electronic resources.

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Each location has a materials return chute that is open when the library is closed except Cherryhill and Sherwood (chutes available during mall hours).