News and Announcements
Following the recent government announcements, we will be closing all Council libraries from 5.30pm Friday 20 March. This is to help us reprioritise resources and focus on essential Council services for vulnerable residents during this time.
Community Managed libraries will also be closed. All libraries will remain closed until further notice.
The closure will include the Local Studies and Archives Centre. Library online services will be available as usual and will be enhanced, to provide additional opportunties for people who are required to self-isolate over the coming weeks. The home library service closed earlier this week.
Loan periods on all books will be extended until 11 June. Libraries will also be suspending all further fines and suspend notices and debt collection activities until further notice.
Birth and death registrations will not be available from Central Library, but will continue at Danson House.
We will update our website and social media with further information about our services, including a date for re-opening when this is known.
Citizens Advice sessions in libraries
While libraries are closed due to the current pandemic, Citizens Advice sessions will not be operating from Central and Sidcup Libraries. However, customers can still contact Citizens Advice via their website: www.bexleycab.org.uk and by phone to 01322 517150.
Free audiobooks to download and listen to at home
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 (PDF document)
Bexley Libraries also have some great suggestions for adults who would like to learn a new skill or brush up on their learning while self-isolating at home.
Free interactive learning suggestions
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, click here
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:
Do you have time to spare?
Why not help out with one of our fun clubs and activities for adults or children.
Opportunities include our new Digilab role volunteer which involves helping children with our new Discover and Coding Clubs.
Visit our Volunteering page to see all of our current volunteering opportunities.
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. The Bexley Care Hub can be accessed with the following link: https://carehub.bexley.gov.uk