News and Announcements
Have your say on the future of Bexley’s libraries
We are currently consulting on a number of options relating to the delivery of library services in Bexley.
The consultation sets out various proposals, including amendments to opening hours, self-service only times, how events and activities are run, access to the Local Studies and Archives Centre and how Community Managed Libraries are supported.
View the full outline of the proposals.
You can have your say by:
- Completing our online survey
- Completing a paper survey form available from any of our libraries
- Writing to ‘London Borough of Bexley, Library Services, Footscray Offices, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5HS
The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, unless you wish to make detailed comments on any of the proposals.
All responses must be received by 19 December 2020.
Covid-19 – Reopening of libraries
All six of the Council-managed libraries have now re-opened and the Local Studies and Archives Centre is reopening on an appointment only basis, however, the first floor at Central Library remains closed at the current time.
Information about the services we are currently offering, the restrictions that are in place and amended opening hours can be found on the Covid-19 Updates page.
Our Community Managed Libraries are making their own plans for reopening – please visit their websites for updates.
Half term online stories
Storyteller John Kirk will tell two interactive folktales during half-term for families and age 3+
- Anansi the Spider - Tuesday 27 October 11am
- Jack and the Beanstalk - Thursday 29 October 11am
Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre re-opening
From 23 September, Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre will be re-opening on an appointment-only basis on two afternoons a week.
Each appointment will be limited to 30 minutes and can be made by emailing Archives.ELS@bexley.gov.uk or by calling 020 3045 3779.
For more information, visit the Covid-19 updates page.
Face coverings are required in our libraries
Your Digital Library is Never Closed
You can still access lots of library services from the comfort of your own home - books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, newspapers and lots more!
Your Digital Library is available 24/7 and access to all these great resources is FREE for Bexley Libraries members.It’s easy to get started - all you need is your library card and PIN, an email address and an internet enabled device, such as a PC, tablet or smartphone.
- Read an eBook
- Listen to an Audiobook
- Read an eMagazine
- Read an eComic
- Read a newspaper online
- Access Online Reference Services
Resources for learning at home
There are lots of free, fun and educational activities available to help keep your child occupied at home, now that local schools have closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many schools will have issued guidance on what children can do whilst they are at home, but just in case you need some more ideas, we have come up with some suggestions to get you started.
Online resources for learning at home
Free digital audiobooks from RBDigital
PressReader – new for Bexley Libraries
PressReader is a fantastic new digital resource that offers FREE access to a huge selection of digital newspapers and magazines to everyone with a Bexley Library card.
Over 7,000 digital newspapers and magazines from across the world, in over 60 languages are available. Over 100 UK and Irish daily newspapers are on Press Reader – including The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Observer. The papers are all full colour newspapers, unabridged, and include supplements.
You can browse and download titles free of charge at any time from any location using the free PressReader app.
For more information and to get started, see our PressReader page
FREE Comics and Graphic Novels
Our range of digital comics and graphic novels has just gotten even better!
All your Marvel comic favourites, such as Spiderman, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Avengers are still available, but now you can also download lots of Disney titles as well, including Lion King, Frozen, Cars, Toy Story, Wall-E, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp etc.
We also have lots of IDW titles, including Angel, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Jessica Jones, Orphan Black, Star Trek and Transformers.
It’s really easy to get started – all you need is an email address and your library card number.
Bexley Libraries App
Your personal library in the palm of your hand
Download the new Bexley Libraries App for quick and easy access to library services wherever you are, whatever the time. You can search the library catalogue, download eBooks, renew and reserve books and find out about events in libraries. With the App on your mobile device, you'll never be without your library card.
Download it for free from:
Your Bexley updates
Keep up to date with the latest events, activities, new resources, book news and more by subscribing to our eBulletins.
Sign up here for email updates.
Subscribing takes only a few minutes and you can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.
Bexley Care Hub
The Bexley Care Hub is an online portal which provides information on services for older people, those with care needs and their carers. There is information on financial assessments, savings and contributions and a useful tool for users to find services and providers near them. Users are also able to carry out a self-assessment of their own social care needs. Access The Bexley Care Hub